Ask the Senate to Support NIH Funding in the 21st Century Cures Act
AUR members can help ensure that the Senate supports S. 2624.
Dear AUR members:
As you may know, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act last summer. This comprehensive bill’s goal is to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of medical innovations that improve patient care, including the creation of an Innovation Fund that provides $8.75 billion in mandatory funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over five years.
As the academic radiology community’s voice in Washington, the Academy of Radiology Research (ARR) strongly supports this important legislation. Many AUR members joined ARR in this advocacy effort, emailing their House members urging that they support the 21st Century Cures Act. The impact? The bill passed with a bipartisan majority of 344-77.
However, for the 21st Century Cures Act to become law, the Senate must also approve it. While the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee has approved several smaller bills that would accelerate medical innovation, they have not addressed the NIH funding included in the House bill. And although last year’s Omnibus Appropriations Act included an important boost to the NIH, this money did not make up for 12 years of flat funding for the Institutes. To do that, the Senate should pass S. 2624, the National Biomedical Research Act, which would provide $5.0 billion per year in mandatory funding for the NIH over the next ten years.
AUR members can help ensure that the Senate supports S. 2624. To contact your Senators, enter your zip code below. Please also share this website address widely, asking friends and colleagues to act.
Thank you in advance for your advocacy and for your support of the 21st Century Cures Act. It is critical that Senators hear from AUR members about how this legislation would assist the imaging community.
Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD
President, Academy of Radiology Research
Chair, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University