Survivors, family members, and advocates have been fighting for colorectal cancer research funding for over a decade. Sequestration has implemented budget cuts that will cause us to take a step back in finding a cure for colorectal cancer. This petition is about supporting talented and dedicated researchers who are on the front lines searching for a cure.
We understand lawmakers have tough decisions to make in this budget environment. However, cancer is a disease that is expected to kill 580,000 Americans this year is inherently a national priority. As Congress prepares its fiscal year 2014 budget, lawmakers must put politics aside and prioritize the fight against a disease that does not discriminate based on political party, race, religion or creed. Without a national commitment to restore, increase and sustain investment in medical research, cancer will continue to take too many of our loved ones.
On June 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted on spending limits for each of the individual fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations bills. The impact of sequestration to Cancer Research is severe.
The allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education spending bill, which provides funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is $164.33 billion, which is $14.6 billion above current spending levels. An allocation at this level would restore medical research funding, which was cut significantly this year ($1.5 billion) as a result of sequestration.
Comparatively, the House’s Labor-HHS-Education spending bill allocation is $121.8 billion, $27.8 billion (or 18.6 percent) below current sequester-level spending, which puts funding for the NIH and CDC at risk for severe cuts.
While the Senate action under Chairman Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) leadership is welcomed news, the prospect for passing a Labor-HHS-Education spending bill at the Senate level is unclear and will hinge largely on whether Congress can research a deal on avoiding another sequester of federal funding in 2014.
On July 9th, the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee will consider its spending.
On that same day that the Senate Committee convenes, our Fight Colorectal Cancer advocates will be on the Hill, working with our partners at Once Voice Against cancer to make sure we stand together and fight for funding for medical research!
Sign the petition, and we'll share your voice on the Hill!