2017-12-06 14:38:26 UTC

Call on Congress to Increase NIH Funding

Dec. 7, 2017

AGA supports a $2 billion increase to support federal research funding.

Congress is expected to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government until Dec. 22 before the current one expires on Dec. 8. Congressional leaders contend that the short-term CR will give them time to negotiate a longer-term spending bill that may address budget spending caps on discretionary and military spending. 

As House and Senate leaders continue to negotiate spending packages, it is critical that Congress continue to hear the importance of increasing funding for NIH. This year, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees made recommendations for a $2 billion increase to NIH, which AGA and the entire research community supports. NIH has received bipartisan and bicameral support, but with all the competing interests that mount toward the end of the year, it is critical that Congress hears from their constituents on the importance of funding NIH and the economic growth that it generates in addition to advancing health care in our country.

Please take a moment and contact your legislators. AGA continues to advocate for increases to NIH funding for digestive disease research and will monitor the budget process.

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