Government Relations Committee”
The Rally for Medical Research was held in Washington D.C. on Monday, April 8th. AMSNY was a proud sponsor of the event, in which nearly 200 national health care and medical research organizations were present to show their support for federally funded medical research. Rally for Medical Research delivered a powerful message to Washington politicians on behalf of the medical research community. Cutting federally funded medical research is not the way to reduce deficits and it will only halt valuable efforts being made to save lives. Federally funded medical research is not a bipartisan issue in Washington where Republicans and Democrats alike agree that funding for NIH is vital to the healthcare of American citizens and any chance to rein in healthcare spending.
The crowd passionately participated by cheering and chanting along with the rally host and speakers. News journalist Cokie Roberts hosted the rally; speakers included Congressman Chris Van Hollen, HIV, stroke and heart disease survivors, and actress/cancer advocate Maura Tierney. Rally for Medical Research proved to be a great platform for the voice of medical research. At a time when sequestration cuts and proposed budgets are irresponsibly cutting funds for medical research, dedicated support is needed now more than ever. Chairman of Research America and former Illinois Congressman Joe Porter called on the research community to get tough, gritty and aggressive when advocating for medical research.
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