I ventured up to Capitol Hill this morning for one last ditch effort to make the House Appropriations Committee Members understand that the funding established in the Subcommittee for The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and The National Cancer Institute (NCI) are not sufficient to continue our fight against cancer.
As I approached the Committee Room I was pleasantly surprised to see the sign on the door that said, “LHHS Mark-Up postponed.” What does this mean for us? This gives us a chance to rally the troops and reach out to the Appropriations Committee Members’ Offices with our message.
Let them know that 1.9% increase for NIH and 1.5% increase to NCI are some of the worst numbers we have seen in years and are not adequate to fight this war against cancer!!
The message is simple:
• Over 52,000 people will die from colorectal cancer in 2007 alone.
• 186 members of the House of Representatives signed a letter in support of a 6.7% increase for NIH.
• Failure to provide adequate funding will stall the next generation of breakthroughs for cancer patients. The current bill proposed in the House would do just that.
TAKE ACTION TODAY!!
For a listing of Committee Members and their phone numbers, click here (PDF file)