publication date: Nov. 9, 2018

Conversation with The Cancer Letter

Jaffee: Congressional commitment to NIH will continue through FY2021 


Elizabeth Jaffee

President, American Association for Cancer Research

Deputy director, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins


Paul Goldberg:

What’s the outlook for NIH after Tuesday’s elections?

Elizabeth Jaffee:

We are quite hopeful that the existing positive environment for significant annual funding increases for the National Institutes of Health will continue when the 116th Congress convenes in January 2019.

Just consider that for each of the past four fiscal years, policymakers have worked in a bipartisan manner to ensure that the NIH has received strong annual budget increases.

During this four-year period, our Congressional champions, including Senate Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO), House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK), and the two respective ranking members, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), have shown an extraordinary commitment to making the NIH a national priority, which has resulted in the NIH budget increasing by 30 percent over the past four years.

Therefore, we are confident that a Democratic House and a Republican Senate will continue to work together and in a bipartisanship manner to provide NIH with the support that’s necessary for our nation’s researchers and physician-scientists to significantly accelerate the pace of progress against cancer, as well as the … Continue reading Jaffee: Congressional commitment to NIH will continue through FY2021

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