Each year, PAN works to secure funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) Parkinson’s research program. Through meetings, phone calls, and emails to Members of Congress, the Parkinson’s community has successfully secured over $370 million for Parkinson’s research at the DoD since 1997.
On June 20, The House passed its version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Defense Appropriations bill, which includes $16 million for the DoD Parkinson's research program. The Senate is expected to begin work on its version of the bill on July 17
The final FY 2014 budget agreement, signed into law in January 2014, provides $16 million for the DoD Parkinson’s research program. This matches PAN’s request and fully restores funding lost to sequestration in FY 2013.
PAN is requesting $16 million for the program for FY 2015.
DoD Program Receives Bipartisan Support
Under the leadership of the House Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s disease co-chairs, Reps. Peter King (R-NY), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a letter requesting $16 million for the DoD program in FY 2015 has been submitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Over 50 bipartisan members of the House signed on in support.