It is spring and the height of the annual appropriations season in the Congress. We’re “all in” to Raise the Caps and urge all stakeholders in medical and health research to take part as well! For those who haven’t been following the details of the budget and appropriations process, the bottom line is that legislation passed in 2011 is continuing to handcuff the Congress. If enough constituents speak up, medical and health research can be put to work to speed progress and deliver on its promise of hope. (See elsewhere in this newsletter for details on how to get involved, in just a few minutes or longer, by spreading the word to friends, family, and colleagues who care about the future of health.)
Advocacy works! It’s been demonstrated over and over again that when the public speaks out, elected officials listen. President Lincoln said it well: “Public sentiment is everything; With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.” Amazing advocates like those we saluted last March inspire us all to take a moment to make a difference. Maybe we will be saluting someone who inspires you next year. Research!America’s award nominations are open. Let us hear from you!