American Heart Association Pleased Budget Deal Lifts Spending Caps
Urges additional federal dollars be spent to improve nation’s heart health
Washington, D.C., October 30, 2015 – American Heart Association President Mark Creager, M.D. issued the following comments today on Congress’s passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015:
“With $80 billion in new resources, Congress now has the opportunity to make a significant investment in our nation’s heart health – one that is long overdue. The American Heart Association strongly urges lawmakers to use these federal funds to provide a sorely needed boost to the budgets of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Their work is core to our association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and helps drive innovative research that can lead to advanced treatments and even a cure.
If the NIH receives this vital support, we encourage the agency to dedicate additional funding to heart and stroke research. More research would greatly benefit the one in three American adults who are already suffering from cardiovascular disease – our nation’s No. 1 and most costly killer – and have a positive impact on the health of future generations.
Other programs should be considered when distributing these funds, including the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, the Partnerships to Improve Community Health, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Congress should also restore cuts made to the CDC’s Tobacco Control Program, preserve the Prevention Fund and the HRSA’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program, and invest in physical education programs. All of these efforts play a principal role in the fight against heart disease and stroke, and are in desperate need of more budget funds.
The association stands in strong support of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and asks that Americans’ cardiovascular health be one of the top priorities when designating this essential federal funding.”
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