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California Delegation Members Strongly Support Funding for the National Institutes of Health
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April 12, 2016

Reps. Susan Davis (D-San Diego), David McKinley (R-W.V.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), and Peter King (R-N.Y.) led this year’s bipartisan House letter urging $34.5 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of this year’s congressional appropriations process. CLSA has long been a staunch advocate for increased, sustained funding for the nation’s premier biomedical research agency and worked directly with our congressional delegation offices to encourage their support of the letter.

As a result of our efforts, 35 members of the California delegation (34 Democrats and 1 Republican) signed on to the letter, including 5 who did not sign last year’s funding request letter.

California cosigners include: Reps. Peter Aguilar (D-Redlands), Karen Bass* (D- Los Angeles), Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles), Ami Bera (D-Sacramento), Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks), Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara), Tony Cardenas (D-Van Nuys), Judy Chu* (D- Pasadena), Susan Davis (D-San Diego), Mark DeSaulnier* (D- Walnut Creek), Anna Eshoo (D-Silicon Valley), Sam Farr (D-Santa Cruz), John Garamendi (D-Davis), Janice Hahn (D-Carson), Michael Honda (D-Santa Clara), Jared Huffman (D-Fort Bragg), Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), Ted Lieu* (D- Santa Monica), Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento), Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton), Grace Napolitano (D-El Monte), Scott Peters (D-La Jolla), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Laguna Beach), Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert), Linda Sánchez* (D-Cerritos), Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), Jackie Speier (D-Menlo Park), Eric Swalwell (D-Pleasanton), Mark Takano (D-Riverside), Mike Thompson (D-Napa), Norma Torres (D-Ontario) and Juan Vargas (D-Chula Vista). Names with * denotes new co-signer who did not sign last year. A copy of the House letter is available here.

A similar effort in the Senate was led by Sens. Robert Casey (D-Penn.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.). This letter garnered support from 56 bipartisan cosigners, including both California Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) and Barbara Boxer (D). A copy of the Senate letter is available here.

For questions, please contact Jenny Carey, CLSA’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations and Alliance Development (jcarey@califesciences.org).