Secretary Leavitt hears
from Senate Minority Leader about
Reid (D-NV) sent a letter to Secretary for Health Michael Leavitt on November 15
expressing his support for the CFS Advisory Committee's recommendations to
expand funding and the scope of CFIDS research. In his letter, Senator Reid identifies CFIDS as "a significant
public health concern that warrants greater attention and commitment."
Last week the
House of Representatives voted against the funding bill for the Department of
Health and Human Services, 209-224. The defeat represents a victory for
advocates of medical research and public health funding, as the funding levels
for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention contained in the bill were widely viewed as being
detrimental to sustaining progress in medical/health science and education
programs. The Senate has formally instructed members of the appropriations
subcommittee to allocate more money to the NIH when the bill is rewritten.
Congress is in recess this week, but returns next week to address this funding
bill and many other pressing national issues.
Association joined with 550 other health/medical organizations in urging
Congress to put more money into research funding. An ad sponsored by Research!America ran every day last week in
Congress Daily, a publication read by everyone on Capitol Hill.
We will send an
Alert with action steps next week. Until then, all of us at the CFIDS
Association wish you a meaningful and memorable Thanksgiving holiday.
McCleary President & CEO The CFIDS Association of America