On January 22, Congress passed a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government for three weeks. That means by Feb. 9, Congress must craft either an appropriations bill to fund the government for the next year, or yet another continuing resolution to avoid another government shutdown. While we can't say for certain what the next steps will be, we must ensure that adequate funding for colorectal cancer research remains a priority in the appropriations process.
Unless Congress negotiates an agreement to lift the caps implemented by the 2011 Budget Control Act, the FY18 budget for non-defense agencies and programs will be constrained to a level even lower than in FY17. This means we could see significant cuts to screening programs as well as important medical research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI).
As Congress negotiates a federal spending bill for FY18, Fight CRC is partnering with Research!America to urge lawmakers to lift spending caps to help increase investments in federal science agencies, including the NCI-- but we need YOUR VOICE!
Reach out to your representatives today and tell them to raise the caps to protect medical research!