After a rough year for medical research funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is finally good news out of Washington!
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan budget deal to fund the government for two years and stop some of the funding cuts made to various government programs last spring under sequestration. The Senate is on the verge of passing the same deal. After the President’s signature, Congress will then decide if they will replace any of the NIH funding cuts made last spring. This is where I need your help!
This year was a turbulent one for the NIH. Last spring, $1.5 billion, or five percent, was cut from the NIH budget. As a result, 640 grants, 20,500 jobs, and countless medical discoveries were jeopardized. However, Congress has a chance to fix the damage by replacing this lost funding! Every dollar is crucial and adequate funding is critical as we explore new ways to fight and even prevent heart disease and stroke.
This was a challenging year for the NIH. Let’s start 2014 on a positive note!