Support NIH Funding in the Economic Stimulus Bill!
As the 111th Congress takes session, all eyes are focused on an economic stimulus bill expected to contain more than $700 billion in funding. Reps. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) and Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) are circulating a so-called "Dear Colleague" letter, asking their fellow Congressmen to support the inclusion of additional funding for NIH in the stimulus package. The deadline for Congressmen to endorse the letter before it is released is 2 PM on this Wednesday, January 14th, and the full text of the letter is below.
Call your House Representative today to suggest that they sign onto this letter, and support funding for biomedical research in the eventual stimulus package!
Full Text of the Dear Colleague Letter:
We invite you to join us in sending a letter to congressional leadership and to President-elect Obama supporting funding for biomedical research in the stimulus package. Not only will this funding lead to new progress in improving human health, it will create and sustain quality, high-paying jobs for Americans leading to long-term economic recovery.
In fact, each grant approved by the NIH goes to create or sustain seven jobs with salaries above $50,000, according to estimates. High-paying and high-skilled jobs will be necessary if we are to achieve long-term economic recovery.
Over the years, investment in the NIH has also led to numerous medical discoveries improving the health of Americans and saving lives. Funding to the NIH goes to prevent diseases as well as treat common and rare illnesses. NIH funding eases suffering and improves lives.
We believe the economic stimulus package under discussion gives us a historic opportunity to support biomedical research through the NIH. This funding will create and sustain high-paying jobs while improving the health and lives of Americans. Please contact Spencer Young or Gary Kline by 2 p.m. Wednesday January 14 to sign this letter.
Susan A. Davis, Member of Congress
Brian P. Bilbray, Member of Congress