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SADS Action Alert!
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is circulating this letter to the Appropriations Committee requesting $35 billion for the National Institutes of Health for Fiscal Year 2011, an 11.9% increase over FY 2010.  The NIH is the world's leading research institution and the single largest source of biomedical research funding in the world, but the NIH has been losing purchasing power over the last few years as its funding has not kept up with inflation. 

NIH grants fund critical research and create jobs for researchers, lab assistants and others. The NIH has estimated that the ARRA funds will create or retain 50,000 jobs, and Families USA estimates that every $1 of NIH funding results in more than $2 in additional business activity and economic output.

If you are in support of increased funding for NIH, we encourage you to contact your two United States senators and ask them to sign onto this letter.  Other current signatories include Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Russ Feingold (D-WI), and Daniel Akaka (D-HI). Contact information for all senators can be found at: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm. 

The deadline for senators to sign the letter is close of business on Thursday, June 3rd.   All the details are contained below in the note from Senator Casey's staff.  

To see how much funding your state gets from the NIH, please visit this site: http://report.nih.gov/award/trends/State_Congressional/StateOverview.cfm

You can also use this tool: http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm to look up grants in a portion of the state, by year, funded by the Recovery Act, etc.

If your Senator would like to sign on to the letter, please ask them to contact Sara Mabry in Senator Bob Casey's office at 202-224-6324 or sara_mabry@casey.senate.gov by 5 p.m. on June 3, 2010.

Alice, Laura, Joanne, Heidi and Adrienne
SADS Foundation