Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Break Homework

It’s spring break for many, including members of Congress. Although this time of year often conjures up images of relaxing somewhere sunny, we want you to go to work now. Your congressional delegation is most likely at home, providing an ideal opportunity to reach out to them.

Heather recently posted a list of town hall meetings. Members also hold and attend a variety of other types of events, so be on the lookout for those as well. Scheduling a meeting at a district or state office during a recess can also improve your odds of actually meeting with your representative and senators.

When Congress returns to DC, they will start the budget and appropriations process in earnest, making now an ideal time to speak out for research.

The funding levels necessary to sustain or grow research to improve health in FY 2011 are:

• National Institutes of Health - $35 billion
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - $8.8 billion
• Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - $611 million
• National Science Foundation - $7.4 billion

Contact your representative and senators to take action locally now or, at a minimum, send your members an e-mail.

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