Last night the Senate approved an amendment offered by Senators Harkin and Specter which raised the level of funding ($3.5 billion) already provided to the NIH in the stimulus package by $6.5 billion. Under this amendment, the NIH would receive $10 billion for research, including more than $1.3 billion for NCI.
This is an excellent first step in our efforts to increase funding for cancer research but our work is far from over.
The Senate is now working to build support for passing the bill by the end of the week. All of our efforts to reach out to Senate offices asking for them to support the stimulus are critical.
Update: C3 has partnered with StandUp2Cancer to ask everyone to contact their Senators immediately and urge them to support the stimulus legislation. Click here to send an email to your Senators now.