As a result of a recent FASEB e-action alert urging the research community to contact members of Congress in support of increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nearly 20,000 emails were sent to all 100 Senators and 398 out of the 435 members of the House of Representatives. The alert also prompted more than 1,200 new supporters to join FASEB’s e-action list.
The response to the alert was immediate, with nearly 3,000 individuals taking action the day it was distributed. Advocates from thirteen states, who receive a significant amount of NIH funding, were the most active responders, generating more than 500 emails each to their respective members of Congress.
The effort led by FASEB was followed by the Senate Appropriations Committee’s July 11 approval of the bill to provide $30.955 billion in funding for NIH for fiscal year 2014 (see this week’s Inside Scoop for more details on the bill). “The Senate should be commended for listening to the voices of the research community,” said FASEB President Margaret K. Offermann, MD, PhD, in a press release thanking the Committee for the NIH funding increase.
FASEB extends its sincerest appreciation to everyone who took action in response to the NIH funding alert. Those interested in receiving future FASEB alerts can subscribe to the e-action list on the FASEB website.