Sequestration diminishes NIH funding upwards of $1.6 billion. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) authored an amendment to raise the original $3.5 billion allocation to the NIH to $10 billion during the debate on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Rep. Cohen argues that the dominant parties should be able to find common ground when it comes to healthcare, but contends that “some Republicans fail to recognize what a priority the NIH should remain” even though, in his view, the biggest threat to our nation is disease. Rep. Cohen argues further that increased funding for the NIH could come from budget cuts to the Department of Defense, and that the fiscal health of our nation depends upon the physical health of its citizens.
Republicans argue that “if we don’t get our financial house in order through draconian spending cuts…we run the risk of becoming like Cyprus, Greece and Ireland.”
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