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CLSA Calls on Congress to Increase NIH Funding at the 7th Annual Rally for Medical Research

By Molly Fishman & Dani Mitchell
Sept. 22, 2019

CLSA was proud to once again sponsor and participate in this year’s 7th Annual Rally for Medical Research Hill Day on Sept. 19. This annual event brings together more than 300 participants, including patient advocates, researchers, and life sciences company representatives, to call on our nation’s policymakers to ensure for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a national priority. The Rally also raises awareness about the importance of continued investment in medical research that – as the Rally’s mottos says – leads to “more progress, more hope and more lives saved.”

This year, CLSA’s Washington, DC-based Federal Government Relations team met with members of the California Congressional Delegation to thank them for their support of NIH in the past and encourage them to support at least $2.5 bill in increased funding for NIH in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. Earlier this year in April, the House of Representatives passed its spending bill including an increase of $2 billion for NIH in FY20. CLSA supported a March 2019 bipartisan letter to Appropriators calling for an increase of $2.5 billion in FY2020, which ultimately included 40 cosigners from the California delegation. The day before the Rally, on September 18th, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) released a draft spending bill containing a $3 billion increase for NIH in FY20 – great news! You can see tweets of CLSA’s participation in the Rally for Medical Research here.

Questions? Please contact Molly Fishman, CLSA’s Director of Federal Government Relations (mfishman@califesciences.org).