Congresswoman Susan Davis Leads Effort in Seeking $32 Billion for Medical Research
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, 169 Representatives joined Davis in urging $32 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“San Diego is a national leader in the field of medical research and NIH funding plays a key role in the breakthroughs and discoveries that are made everyday,” said Rep. Davis. “Budget cuts have threatened this critical funding, affecting 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.”
According to the letter, recent funding has lagged and has not kept up with inflation. The number of successful grants has dropped and there is less money for researchers seeking their first grant.
Thousands of scientists in laboratories throughout the San Diego region receive about $800 million in NIH funding each year.
The letter can be viewed here.