SAN DIEGO – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) is spearheading a drive in the House of Representatives to boost federal funding for medical research. In a bipartisan letter to House appropriators, 190 Representatives signed the Davis letter urging $32 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health.
“San Diego is the cornerstone of medical research in the fight against deadly and debilitating diseases,” said Rep. Davis. “Breakthroughs and discoveries are made here everyday. In recent years, we have seen that funding threatened by budget cuts, which affects medical advancements and our local economy. We need to keep funding at a level that ensures San Diego and the United States remains the world leader in medical research.”
Full funding for NIH, the letter states, is critical if the agency is to continue to serve as the world’s preeminent medical research institution and our best hope for finding cures, improving treatments, and gaining a better understanding of the complex causes of diseases that affect millions of Americans.
Thousands of scientists in laboratories throughout the San Diego region receive about $800 million in NIH funding every year.