Senators Launch New NIH Caucus

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on June 19, 2015 # News, Advocacy and Policy

We are excited to report that last month 20 US Senators under the leadership of Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS), formed a new Congressional Caucus to support the National Institutes of Health.

Members of Congress often form an official caucus to show affinity and support for an idea or group. The NIH Caucus shows Congressional support for NIH and seeks to address the serious funding shortfalls facing the NIH.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation promotes the health and well being of people living with spinal cord injury and other forms of paralysis. With your advocacy, we have been leaders in support for NIH funding and scientific advancement in our nation.

Now we need your help encouraging more Senators to join the caucus. The more who join, the more we can show Congressional support for NIH and advocate for additional funding into breakthrough research.

Call your Senator today and ask him or her to join the NIH Caucus. We need to ensure that paralysis research through NIH not only continues, but also grows!

Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121

Ask the operator to be connected to your Senator.

Here are talking points to guide your call:

• Hi I’m (Share your story)

• As someone personally impacted by spinal cord injury and paralysis I know first hand how critical the work and research being done through NIH is.

• Recently, Senators Lindsey Graham, Dick Durbin and Jerry Moran launched a new caucus focused on preserving and growing funding for NIH.

• Please join the 20 original Senators who have joined the caucus and show your support for the research and programs that directly impact my life.

• On behalf of myself and all those impacted by spinal cord injury or paralysis – thank you!

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