American Heart Association Strongly Urges Congress to Vote Yes on Senate NIH Amendment

March 22, 2013 Categories: Advocacy News , Advisories & Comments

Washington, D.C., Mar. 22, 2013 American Heart Association President Donna Arnett, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., issued the following statement on the amendment proposed today by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health in the FY 2014 federal budget:

“With springtime comes hope, and we hope the bipartisan spirit that produced the NIH budget amendment is a sign of more collaborative action by Congress. 

More than 83 million Americans live with the consequences of heart disease and stroke every day. Robust NIH research is their best hope to discover new treatments and cures for these devastating conditions.

In past years, members on both sides of the aisle widely supported increased NIH funding because they viewed it as a proven and smart investment in the health of our nation. The American Heart Association encourages today’s Congress to follow that example, and strongly urges both houses to vote yes on the NIH amendment to the 2014 budget resolution.”