Don’t scrimp on federal funding for research by the National Institutes of Health, Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., say in a new letter to senators who are trying to wrap up an omnibus appropriations bill.
The senior members of the Senate Appropriations committee are meeting secretly to try to complete a $1.012 trillion fiscal 2014 omnibus bill that would provide agencies with new spending plans through Sept. 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.
Both North Carolina and Pennsylvania are states that are home to some of the leading recipients of research dollars.
“I have been a longtime advocate of the NIH’s public-private partnership to advance life-saving medical research and innovation on behalf of patients,” Burr said by email after Casey’s office sent the letter out in a news release on Monday.
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He add: “I’ve worked in recent years alongside Senator Casey to ensure Congress continues the strong investment in the NIH and prioritizes funding for critical medical research. Our letter reminds the appropriators once again of the strong support for the NIH as they work through this year’s appropriations process.”
Burr and Casey’s letters asks their colleagues to “continue your support” for NIH.