Monday, November 12, 2012


Today, members of Congress return to Capitol Hill after election season to begin the lame-duck session.  Before the end of this year and the new members arrive on Capitol Hill, the current members will be faced with a number of important issues.  Among these is sequestration.   

Sequestration is automatic across-the-board cuts that could occur in early January if Congress fails to take action. The cuts from sequestration include cuts to our federal health agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Science Foundation. What could it mean if these cuts go into effect?

  • fewer, treatments, diagnostics and cures
  • fewer opportunities to capitalize on recent breakthroughs
  • reduced capacity to ensure the safety and efficacy of new drugs and devices
  • significant job loss at research universities and research institutions across the country from a loss of federally funded grants
This week, the Society is joining Research!America's Save Research Campaign! The goal of the campaign is to convince Congress that funding for medical and ehalth research needs to be protected from budget cuts. You can see more information on the campaign here. The catch phrase for the Campaign is clear: We need cures, not cuts.

We need you to help to stop the cuts.

Mark your calendars for this Wednesday, November 14th, for National Call-in Day. On Wednesday, we’re asking you to call your Members of Congress and urge them to protect the funding for medical and health research.  We’ll provide you with more information on Wednesday!

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