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Statement re: Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee $2 billion budget increase recommendation

WASHINGTON, D.C.; June 7, 2016

The following statement may be attributed to Pat White, president, ACT for NIH:

“ACT for NIH congratulates and thanks Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) for their continued bipartisan leadership to restore NIH funding.  Last year, Congress provided a historic, $2 billion increase for NIH – the largest increase for NIH since 2003.  By recommending another $2 billion increase in fiscal year 2017, the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee has demonstrated its commitment to sustaining the nation’s investment in life-saving biomedical research.  We urge the full Senate Appropriations Committee to approve this increase at Thursday’s markup.”

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ACT for NIH: Advancing Cures Today is a non-partisan effort committed to advancing biomedical research in the United States. Our goal is simple: we seek the immediate restoration of funding for NIH followed by steady, predictable path for future investment in lifesaving research for patients around the world.  Learn more about our work and advocacy priorities at actfornih.org and by following us on Twitter: @ACTforNIH.

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