Dear Parkinson's Community,
You've been hearing from us about the need to protect funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from sequestration cuts. In coalition with other research advocates, on Wednesday the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) co-hosted the first “We Need Cures, Not Cuts” National Call-In Day. I am very happy to report that it was a huge success!
Congressional offices reported that they were overwhelmed with phone calls. In addition, PAN advocates Len Schwartz (Maryland) and Karl and Angela Robb (Virginia) joined many other advocates for meetings with Senators and Representatives and their staff to talk about why biomedical research funding cannot be cut. This is the kind of outreach we need. Thank you to all who participated, whether in person or by phone.
But, our work is not done. Over the coming weeks of the lame-duck session before the new Congress is sworn in in January, numerous decisions will be made about funding priorities and cuts. It is the job of PAN advocates, along with others who need the hope and possibility that research brings, to tell Members of Congress that cuts must not jeopardize our long-term investment in America's public health. It is imperative that leaders protect funding for biomedical research; too many vital research projects and jobs will be lost if NIH is subject to a $2.5 billion cut next year. Congress has just 46 days left to act.
That's why I encourage you to keep up your communications on sequestration. If you did not call Wednesday, please do so now . It's not too late. If you did call Wednesday, send a follow-up email and remind your Members of Congress that biomedical research needs to be a priority.
As always, PAN will email Action Alerts at the times when we know key decisions are being made. I ask each of you to respond to those Action Alerts and forward them to your friends, family members, colleagues, and others – your voices need to be heard .
Again, a huge thanks to the Parkinson's community for being such strong voice in Wednesday's National Call-In Day.
Amy Comstock Rick