Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2013 — American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., made the following comments today on the Senate’s passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013:
“The American Heart Association is pleased that Congress has put aside its partisanship and passed the Budget Act of 2013. We remain optimistic that this spirit of collaboration will continue as Senate and House Committee members craft a FY 2014 appropriations bill.
We urge the committee members to appropriate $31 billion of the additional funds made available by this budget bill to replace the extremely harmful sequester cuts imposed on the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Every day that passes without this support moves us further away from new treatments and cures for two of the top killers of Americans – heart disease and stroke.
NIH-supported research not only saves lives and enriches health, but also acts as an economic driver, which supports good jobs, stimulates innovation, and preserves our nation’s role as the world leader in medical research. Moving forward, we encourage Congress to strengthen and protect our investment in the NIH.”