CRC Research is on the Chopping Block
Colorectal Cancer Patients Deserve Cures, Not Cuts!
The president's proposed federal budget for FY 2018 calls for the largest cut to research funding in history: a $5.8 billion reduction (18%) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget. His proposal for the remainder of FY 2017 includes a $1.2 billion cut to the NIH. While it is unlikely Congress will follow the president's recommendation to make these drastic cuts, it is indicative that it's time to raise our voices as a community of fighters.
Congress is in the process of completing work on a final FY 2017 appropriations bill. It is important that members of Congress hear from their constituents that the proposed cuts should be rejected and that Congress should provide NIH with a $2 billion increase this year and protect funding for the CDC cancer programs and other agencies that are essential to the fight against cancer.
Let's make sure Congress - and the president - knows that colorectal cancer is a national priority.
Our FY 2017 asks to Congress include:
Appropriate funding for 21st Century Cures as part of the FY 2017 federal budget and increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to $34.5 billion, including $5.9 billion for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for FY 2017.
Continue supporting the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) and fund the DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) at $60 million for FY 2017. Ensure CRC research continues to be included as eligible for funding under this program.
Appropriate $70 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) to provide states with the necessary funding to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in all 50 states.
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