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Senate Committee Approves $2 Billion Increase For Medical Research Funding

June 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Committee voted on its FY 2019 spending bill today including a $2 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a funding boost for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

A statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) President Chris Hansen follows:

“ACS CAN applauds Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) for their commitment to increased cancer research funding through the NIH and NCI.

“Significant and sustained increases in federal research funding are essential to the development of new diagnostic tests and improved treatments and therapies against a disease that will claim the lives of more than 600,000 Americans this year. Senators Blunt and Murray should be praised for including a $2 billion increase for the NIH in the Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill for the fourth straight year. Their efforts will help ensure future medical breakthroughs can make it from the lab to the patient, giving individuals the greatest chance of survival.

“We appreciate the subcommittee’s bipartisan commitment to increase cancer research funding and urge the full committee to adopt the these budget levels for FY 2019.”

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