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California Congressional Delegation Strongly Supports Increased Research Funding For NIH
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March 20, 2018
By Adam Lotspike

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 for an increase of at least $2.2 billion 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 CLSA’s advocacy efforts, 35 members of the California delegation (33 Democrats and 2 Republicans) signed on to the letter including all six of our freshman House delegation members (Barragán, Carbajal, Correa, Gomez, Khanna and Panetta), two Republican cosigners (Knight and Rohrabacher), and two members who did not sign last year’s letter (McNerney and Sherman).

California cosigners include: Reps. Nanette Barragán (D-Carson), Ami Bera, MD (D-Sacramento), Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks), Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), Judy Chu (D-Pasadena), Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), Jim Costa (D-Fresno), Susan Davis (D-San Diego), Mark DeSaulnier (D-Richmond), Anna Eshoo (D-Silicon Valley), John Garamendi (D-Davis), Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), Jared Huffman (D-Eureka), Ro Khanna (D-Santa Clara), Steve Knight (R-Palmdale), 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), Jimmy Panetta (D-Monterey), Scott Peters (D-San Diego), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), Raul Ruiz, MD (D-Palm Desert), Linda Sanchez (D-Cerritos), 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). A copy of the final letter is available here.

A similar effort in the Senate will soon be underway. A similar bipartisan effort last year garnered support from 56 bipartisan cosigners, including both California Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) and Barbara Boxer (D). A copy of that letter is available here.

Questions? Please contact Jenny Nieto Carey, CLSA’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations & Alliance Development (jcarey@califesciences.org).