On March 16, the Senate voted to support the Specter-Harkin amendment to the Senate budget resolution. What does that mean? Well, the President’s Budget cut spending on health and education, including a $40 million cut at NCI. The goal of the Specter-Harkin amendment is to restore funding to the health and education programs.
The amendment (which passed on a 73-27 vote) proposes an increase of $7 billion in funding for education and health programs, much of which will go to funding critical health and cancer-specific programs at the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The House still needs to act and final funding decisions won’t be made until the fall. It is safe to say that while there are no guarantees in this business, we do know that there would have been no hope of increased funding this year without passage of this critical amendment,” says Dan Smith, VP of the American Cancer Society and Chair of One Voice Against Cancer.
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