The Colorectal Cancer Coalition joined over 600 organizations who recently sent letters to the the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The letters, dated November 11, 2005, urged both sides of Congress to support the $1 billion increase the Senate passed in its version of the FY 2006 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.
The following quote says what C3 and the other groups want Congress to do:
As you work to set priorities for expenditure of the nation’s fiscal resources, we urge you to press for $29.4 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY 2006 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriation (H.R. 3010) conference bill. This amount, which was approved by the Senate, represents a modest 3.7 percent increase in funding. An across-the-board cut of any amount would further marginalize advances emanating from the NIH at a time when the opportunities for exponential gains in medical and health research are enormous.
To read the letter sent to the Senate, which is identical to the one sent to the House, click here.
In addition to these letters there will be advertisements in Hill publications this week with the same text and the list of signers. These publications are read by most people in Congress so the advertisements will be seen by most, if not all, Senators, Representatives and their staff.
As a constituent you can increase the impact of these letters by telling your Senators and Representatives to pass the full amount passed by the Senate. Go to the One Minute Advocate and follow the instructions.
One person can make a difference.