Health Research

Issues: Health Care

Health care research is essential to improving clinical treatments and finding new cures. I strongly support increasing federal funds for the  National Institutes of Health (NIH), the country’s top-notch federal agency for supporting and conducting research on disease prevention, causes, treatment, and cures. NIH research plays a key role in domestic job creation, economic growth, and in bettering the lives of millions of Americans.

Health care reform created the Cures Acceleration Network, which is setup to perform vital research aimed at translating basic science into cures for diseases.  Because of health care reform NIH is able to embark on new research programs that provide essential funding for scientists to identify promising new drugs faster and test their efficacy and safety more accurately.  Learn more about new NIH initiatives here.

Adequate funding level is vital in order for NIH to sustain its mission of improving health through medical science breakthroughs and maintaining international leadership in science and biomedical research. To achieve that goal, I fought successfully with other Democrats, the efforts by Republicans to cut NIH funding in past budgets.  

I strongly oppose the President’s call to slash NIH funding by $5.8 billion, and I am committed to ensuring that in FY 2018 there is strong funding for medical research. That is why I have sponsored a letter to increase NIH funding to $36 billion. I believe this amount is the minimum level of funding needed to reflect the rising costs associated with biomedical research and to help mitigate the impacts of sequestration. At a time of unprecedented scientific opportunity, it is critical that the United States make forward-thinking investments that promote medical breakthroughs as well as our international leadership in biomedical research.  

(Updated September 2017)