Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Dist. 16, OH), the chair of the House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee which oversees funding decisions for agencies such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI), promisd to maintain funding for cancer research at an August 28 town hall meeting in Wooster, Ohio.
C3 has been working with both House and Senate members to ensure an appropriate increase in NCI funding. Though Chairman Regula’s comments do not guarantee increases for fiscal year 2007, they do relieve our fears that current cuts in the House and Senate bills will ultimately be adopted.
C3 advocate Rebecca Dague raised the issue at the constituent gathering (as reported August 29 by The Daily-Record of Wooster, Ohio):
Rebecca Dague, a Medina resident struggling with colon cancer, questioned whether funding would be cut to the National Cancer Institute and research under way to find cures and new methods of treatment. Regula, whose subcommittee handles such funding, assured her otherwise.
“We’re not going to cut funding to NCI – take my word for it,” he said.
Thank you Rep. Regula. We appreciate your promise, and we look forward to working with you to make it real.
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