Anybody can be an advocate for hematology! Whether you are a patient, a caregiver, a clinician, or a family member, your representatives want to hear from you, their constituent. By becoming an advocate, you can let them know that biomedical research funding translates into cures. ASH fights for the millions of Americans who are affected by blood diseases every year. By becoming an advocate for hematology, you can help increase public awareness about blood diseases and support increased federal funding for research, which is critical to continue scientific advances in the field.
Let Congress Hear from You! Tell Your Legislators That Funding for NIH Turns Into Cures
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Let Congress Hear from You! Tell Your Legislators that Funding for NIH Turns into Cures
ASH is fighting to ensure that proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) stay out of the funding bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and beyond.
ASH is fighting to ensure that proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) stay out of the funding bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and beyond, but Congress needs to hear from you about the importance of funding for medical research.
The recently finalized FY 2017 spending package, signed into law by President Trump, included a $2 billion increase in funding for the NIH. However, the President’s outline of his proposed FY 2018 budget, released in mid-March, seeks to cut more than $54 billion from nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs, including nearly $6 billion in cuts to current funding for the NIH. The proposal would amount to a nearly 20 percent cut to the medical institute, wiping out recent funding increases and negating a major boost from last year's 21st Century Cures Act for targeted initiatives such as the Cancer Moonshot.
ASH issued a statement expressing serious concern about the proposal and the impact such drastic cuts would have on hematology research. ASH also recently submitted a statement to both House and Senate Appropriation Committees to urge increased funding for NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in FY 2018.
Your elected officials need to hear from you about the importance of sustained and predictable NIH funding.