The U.S. House of Representatives Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee recently moved legislation forward that rejects the president’s budget proposal to severely cut cardiovascular disease research and prevention programs at the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead, the appropriations bill significantly boosts funding for these programs. As Congress formulates a final budget for the next fiscal year, it is important for advocates to contact their elected officials in Washington to express their support for these investments.
During the National Forum’s Mid-Year Membership Virtual Meeting, the legislative aide for bill sponsor U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro encouraged National Forum members to contact their senators to ask them to support the same levels of funding in a Senate version of the legislation (Link to recording and transcripts). Please take a moment to send your senators a message through the American Heart Association’s You’re the Cure action network; to show your support for life-saving medical research and heart disease and stroke prevention funding now!