As your constituent, I am writing to strongly oppose President Trump’s FY18 budget plan, specifically the cuts to federal investments in science and medical research. Beyond opposing the President’s budget cut of $6 billion from the National Institutes of Health, I hope you will fight to increase the NIH’s FY18 budget by $2 billion.
Spending for the National Institutes of Health is widely supported by the public and is essential to lowering health care costs, reducing pain and prolonging life. I urge you to make investments in medical research at NIH a high priority.
Part of this investment in NIH and medical research is making sure that research institutions can keep the lights on and the labs up and running while conducting groundbreaking research. Indirect or administrative costs provide this invaluable support.
The Administration’s proposal to cap reimbursable indirect costs associated with federal research grants at 10% of a grant’s value will bring research to a halt at our nation’s colleges and universities. They cannot shoulder the additional cost if the government establishes this cap. Our nation’s research capacity would inevitably decline.
Please let me know if you will oppose President Trump’s FY18 funding cuts for NIH and what efforts you will take to provide NIH with a $2 billion sustainable growth for FY18. I need you to be a vocal advocate for NIH.
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