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Author: Dan Perry

Date: February 17th, 2009

Medical research will get a huge boost from the economic stimulus about to be signed into law by President Obama.

I can’t remember the House and Senate ever conferencing on a spending bill and, instead of splitting the difference between higher and lower amounts, deciding to add the competing bills together! But that’s our legislators did for disease research at the National Institutes of Health.

The House-passed bill included $3.5 billion for NIH. Thanks to an amendment by Senators Tom Harkin (D., IA), Arlen Specter (R., PA) and Dick Durbin (D., IL), the Senate voted $6.5 billion for NIH.

Then, the joint House-Senate conference on the stimulus package added the two amounts for NIH together for $10 billion, the vast majority targeted for research into Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases.

From some historical context: in the five years between 1998 to 2003 Congress doubled the NIH budget. The total increase over those years was $14.2 billion, and it was historic. President Obama is about to send $10 billion into the fight against catastrophic diseases with a stroke of the pen. It is indeed a new day in Washington.

A Tribute to a Great Scientist

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 11th, 2008

FDA Needs More Funding to Fulfill Its Mission

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: March 18th, 2008

Spending or Investing? -- The Silver Book & Innovation

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 26th, 2008

National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day Kickoff Event Recap

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: March 5th, 2018

A Q & A with Prof. Pieter Kappetein from Medtronic

Author: Alliance Staff

Date: February 20th, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Does It Mean for Older Adults?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2018

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