In the face of the budget crisis, we have been very concerned that Congress would cut the budget for the National Institutes of Health which are the largest funders of hydrocephalus research. Fortunately, the House of Representatives released their version of the Appropriations Bill for Labor Health and Human Services recommending an INCREASE for the NIH budget. Please read the attached letter from the American Brain Coalition of which Hydrocephalus Association is a member organization and follow the instructions for contacting your Congressional representatives TODAY. This simple action on your part creates opportunity for hydrocephalus researchers over the next year.
Dear American Brain Coalition Member Organizations:
Recently, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services released his funding recommendation for NIH, which included a $1 billion increase above the FY11 level. This is a tremendous success for health research advocates and your advocacy efforts played a role in making this possible.
Now is the time for ABC members — and your individual members — to contact House and Senate members and urge that NIH be properly funded in any final agreement that is reached on the FY12 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill. Currently, there is a difference between the House and Senate bills. The House produced a bill that funds NIH at $31.7 billion, accepting the $1.0 billion increase over FY11 funding that was recommended by the President. The Senate bill, on the other hand, funds NIH at $30.5 billion, a $200 million reduction below current levels.
Please contact your Members of Congress today to request that any bill passed this year would support the House bill’s funding request for NIH of $31.7 billion. This is the minimum amount needed to at least maintain the current level of support for biomedical research in the United States.
The American Brain Coalition asks that you share this information with your own members so they can demonstrate the brain community’s strong support for NIH in FY12. We are pleased to provide CapWiz, our online legislative action center, to make it as easy as possible to contact your Representatives. Please visit: http://capwiz.com/americanbraincoalition/home
There will be a blue ‘Take Action!’ box with two items. Click on “Ask Congress to Support NIH Funding in FY 2012” and follow the steps.
For those organizations that have their own online outreach software, please share your response numbers with me in coming weeks. We appreciate your help in this important effort.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Sincerely,Allison Wainick Kupferman Government and Public Affairs Director The American Brain Coalition Tel: 716-625-6761 E-mail: email@example.com Follow us on Twitter: @AmericanBrainCo