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New York's Medical Schools urge Congress to preserve NIH funding for scientific research
Date:12/4/2012

imer's, depression, and Parkinson's. To fully realize this hope, we must sustain federal support for the NIH."

As the largest federal funding agency for medical research, NIH invested more than $30 billion in FY 2012. More than 80 percent of the NIH's budget goes to more than 300,000 research personnel at more than 2,500 universities and research institutions across the country. More than half of this funding goes to medical schools and teaching hospitals. These institutions are committed to pioneering tomorrow's cures and medical advances, and bringing them to patients.

U.S. Representative Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health said, "I voted against the Budget Control Act because Congress must make these tough budgetary decisions, not the President, not any 'Super Committee.' Sequestration was the result of the Budget Control Act's failure. Congress must do its job and pass a realistic deficit plan, not pass the buck. We have to work together and make the tough decisions we were elected to make. The cuts that are part of sequestration were supposed to be a deterrent to gridlock, as they are odious to everyone, especially New York's hospitals and medical research efforts. We have to strike a real deal to avoid these cuts, and bring our nation's debt under control."

U.S. Representative Nita Lowey stated, "It is critical for medical schools and research institutions in New York and nationwide to replace arbitrary and reckless cuts from sequestration with targeted reductions that do not jeopardize our health and competitiveness. I will work with Dean Goldman and all New York research institutions to prevent these short-sighted cuts from occurring."

U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney said, "New York's world-class hospitals and medical research facilities are not just the crown jewels of our nation's health care system, they are a key driver behind our economic recovery
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Contact: Crystal Mainiero
crystalmainiero@amsny.org
212-218-4610
Columbia University Medical Center
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