A message from the Lupus Research Institute
Urge Your Senators Now To Protect
The Future of America’s Biomedical Research
We urge the lupus community to send a strong and immediate message to the U.S. Senate to support an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution that would increase funding for NIH research in the coming year.
Between today and the weekend, the U.S. Senate is expected to take a final vote on its Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution. At some point in the debate, the Senate will consider an amendment by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) to increase funding for biomedical research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Moran Amendment would increase NIH funding by $1.4 billion – strengthening the agency’s capacity to fund the research necessary to deliver new treatments and find cures for lupus as well as the many other chronic diseases plaguing so many Americans.
Please help and express your support for Senator Moran’s Amendment by either telephoning or emailing your Senator today or tomorrow. Urge your Senators to vote for the Moran NIH Amendment to the budget resolution.
Here is a summary of the Moran Amendment from his office for your reference:
Funding for the NIH, the focal point of our nation’s medical research, has remained virtually level since FY2010. However, when adjusting for inflation, the FY2012 budget is $3.6 billion lower than the peak year of FY2003. Success rates for grants have fallen more than 13.6 percent in the past decade and the NIH is projected to fund 3,000 fewer grants this year than it did ten years ago.
If the United States is to continue its leadership role in providing the medical breakthroughs to develop cures and treat disease, we must commit to supporting funding for biomedical research. If researchers cannot rely on consistent support from Congress, we will jeopardize our current progress, stunt our nation’s global competitiveness, and lose a generation of young researchers to other careers and other countries.
Only through steady, sustainable, and predictable funding can the NIH sustain the highest quality biomedical research to help improve the health of all Americans. In addition, the NIH plays a critical role as an economic engine, supporting approximately half a million jobs nationwide. Our commitment to the NIH will remain an important factor in saving and improving lives, bolstering the nation’s economy and driving U.S. global competitiveness.
Diva’s note: Political beliefs aside, research is the only route to discovering ideal treatments for lupus. We, as patients, have a chance to be proactive and get involved.
Posted from the Diva on the road or (most likely) in bed.