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Congressional Letters of Support

To make Congress aware of certain issues, the Reeve Foundation will join with other organizations in signing and circulating letters of support explain critical issues. Below is the current issues the Foundation is engaged in.

Thank Congress for Increased NIH funding
October 2011

The Honorable Denny Rehberg
Chairman
Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education
Committee on Appropriations
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education
Committee on Appropriations
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Rehberg and Ranking Member DeLauro:

We the undersigned patient advocacy groups are writing to thank you for including a $1 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the House Appropriations Committee draft fiscal year 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding bill. The funding included for NIH is vital to the millions of Americans awaiting improved health through medical research breakthroughs. We also appreciate that the draft bill allows the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) to begin its critical work at NIH that will bring forward a vital new approach to moving high need medical cures through the development pipeline faster.

As you know, NIH-funded research drives medical innovation that improves the health and quality of life of Americans battling deadly and costly diseases. NIH researchers across the country investigate ways to prevent disease, understand its causes, and search for more effective treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases. Each day, new discoveries bring us one step closer to creating a healthier America. Thanks to your leadership, CAN will start the planning process for making the kinds of translational grants that will get new drugs and therapies to those who most need them.

A continued commitment to NIH is needed now more than ever to address the growing health concerns of the United States and we must continue to spur medical innovation for the next generation of life-saving diagnostics, treatments, and prevention strategies. Without it, people living with devastating diseases will continue to await much-needed medical research breakthroughs.

Thank you for your leadership and funding support for NIH in this challenging fiscal environment. We stand ready to support your efforts to sustain this level of funding in the final FY12 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill to be negotiated in the upcoming weeks. Thank you again for supporting the critical work of biomedical research and innovation to improve the health of Americans. We look forward to working with you to ensure NIH continues to remain a Federal priority.

Sincerely,

{Alzheimer’s Association}
{Alzheimer’s Impact Movement}

Cc: Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Richard C. Shelby

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