A financial crisis was averted by Congress this week, but the solution is temporary with regards to funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Funding cuts for NIH and other federal programs have been delayed, but are not off the table as Congress continues to seek ways to steer our nation towards economic recovery.
NIH faced devastating funding cuts under a sequester- across-the-board cuts to federally funded programs that were slated to take place as we embarked on the new year. The deal passed this week by Congress, known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, delayed a sequester until March 1, 2013. That means cuts to NIH funding are still looming, and we have more work to do.
Thanks to all the You're the Cure advocates who've been fighting with us to preserve our nation's investment in NIH. Just before the holidays, you helped us get the signatures of 60 Members of Congress on a bipartisan letter to House and Senate leadership asking that they protect NIH funding. You can see the final letter here!
Stay tuned for more ways you can let the new Congress know that we can't afford cuts to NIH funding. Your continued action will be critical!