publication date: Jan. 31, 2014


President Calls For Reversing

Cuts to Basic Research Budget

In his state of the union address to Congress Jan. 28, President Barack Obama called for reversing the cuts made to basic research in the federal budget.

“Congress should undo the damage done by last year’s cuts to basic research so we can unleash the next great American discovery—whether it’s vaccines that stay ahead of drug-resistant bacteria, or paper-thin material that’s stronger than steel,” he said.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology applauded the president for his support of federal investments in research and development.

“Scientific and technological advances keep our nation internationally competitive and spur the innovation ecosystem fueling economic growth, but we have lost ground in recent years, due to research appropriations that have not kept pace with rising costs or international competition,” FASEB President Margaret Offermann said in a statement.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited representatives from Teen Cancer America, a non-profit charity focusing on teenagers and young adults with cancer, to be his guests at the president’s speech, among others.

Established in 2011, Teen Cancer America is the U.S. arm of the United Kingdom organization Teenage Cancer Trust. Chairman Rebecca Rothstein, executive director Simon Davies, and his wife Geraldine Lee represented the charity.

In a video response to the president’s address, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Vice President Dick Woodruff said that Obama “gave a rousing defense of the Affordable Care Act…cancer patients [are no longer] being discriminated against because of their pre-existing condition.”

“No longer are people going to be bankrupted and lose everything they own … Continue reading 40-05 State of the Union

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