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Parkinson's and the Federal Budget

PDF has received another important update from the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) about the federal budget and how you can make a difference by reaching out to your elected officials. Here are some tips from PAN on how you can contact Members of Congress and urge them to support funding for biomedical research.


From PAN

On Monday, September 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.  The bill would provide funding for NIH in FY 2012 at the level of $30.5 billion – a $190 million (0.62%) reduction from FY 2011 levels.  While this is concerning, the Senate bill does, in large part thanks to advocacy by the Parkinson’s community, include funding for the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) at a level of $20 million and explicitly supports the establishment of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

Much remains to be seen in this murky appropriations process.  The House Appropriations subcommittee has yet to hold a hearing on this and is unlikely to. Moreover, with the federal fiscal year drawing to a close on September 30, lawmakers must pass a short-term spending measure to avoid a government shutdown.  

What remains clear is that we need to continue to deliver the message to Capitol Hill that cutting biomedical research cannot be used as a means to reduce the deficit or balance the budget!  Keep emailing and calling your Member of Congress urging support for funding for biomedical research – he/she needs to hear from you!

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PAN is the voice of the Parkinson's community in Washington, DC.  In 2011, PDF is supporting PAN with a grant of $200,000.

Source Date: Sep 26 2011