The President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Joseph R. Haywood, PhD, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services on April 29. Dr. Haywood advocated for sustained, predictable increases in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Haywood asked the subcommittee to appropriate $32 billion for NIH in fiscal year 2016. He explained that a five year commitment to five percent annual increases would help restore the buying power of the NIH budget, which has declined by more than 22 percent since 2003.
“Every one of us is the spouse, parent, child, dear friend, or acquaintance of someone who is relying on our nation’s scientists and physicians to develop tomorrow’s treatments,” Dr. Haywood told the subcommittee. “[NIH] investment is critical to expedite progress toward the cures that are so desperately needed for all of our loved ones, and for developing innovative technologies and new global industries to sustain the nation’s continued economic recovery,” he said.
The Chairman of the subcommittee, Tom Cole (R-OK), spoke with Dr. Haywood following his testimony. Mr. Cole assured Dr. Haywood that he agreed about the importance of sustaining the investment in NIH. The chairman also noted that he hoped funding for biomedical research would be one area upon which the subcommittee could reach a bipartisan agreement.