WASHINGTONApril 18, 2011Research!America urged Congress to prioritize medical, health and scientific research as it begins the process of determining the FY2012 federal budget.
Former Congressman John Edward Porter (R-IL), Research!America's chair, said, "Science, research and innovation are the future for our economy, for job growth and for healthier, more productive lives. Our national deficit poses a serious challenge, and we must meet that challenge and solve our deficit and debt problem. But in so doing, we must prioritize what is vital to us and what is not and build on our areas of worldwide leadership. In medical research, we have always been and are today the global leader. We cannot allow that to be lost. We must protect funding for the federal agencies that drive our competitiveness in the world and our leadership in science and innovation."
Research!America called for protection of funding for our nation's leading health research agencies:
Mary Woolley, Research!America's president and CEO, said, "Research and development are economic imperatives, not partisan issues. I hope Congress and the White House will agree on a bipartisan basis that we must invest in health research as a means of saving lives, saving dollarsthrough smarter, better health careand maintaining our leadership in an innovation-driven global economy."
Woolley added, "The public understands this well. In a Research!America poll last month, 78% of Americans said federal funding for health research is important for job creation and the economy, and 61% say accelerating our nation's investment in research to improve health is a priority. I urge Congress to tell Americans where they stand at www.yourcongressyourhealth.org. I also encourage the public to contact their elected officials' district offices during this week's congressional recess to ask them to fill out the questionnaire."
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