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On the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff: Our Interests in the Debates

The energetic debates in Washington are addressing the spending issues that need to be resolved by January 2013, including the across-the-board spending cuts (called “sequestration”) scheduled to take place before the first of the year. Unless legislation to replace sequestration is passed by the Congress and signed by the President before January, many government programs will face at least a 7.8 percent cut, including $2.5 billion in critical research funding at the National Institutes of Health. It is time for us to refocus our fight for basic research funding towards better treatments and eventually a cure for hydrocephalus.

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