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Chaka F.
Democrat PA 2

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  • Funding for Neuroscience

    by Representative Chaka Fattah

    Posted on 2015-12-18

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    FATTAH asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. FATTAH. Mr. Speaker, over 50 million Americans suffer from a neurological disease or disorder, over 1 billion worldwide. I authored language that created an interagency working group that brought together dozens of federal agencies years ago, and we have laid out a map, a plan, over the last 4 years now including mapping the human brain with the BRAIN Initiative and funding a host of specific efforts.

    I am so pleased that the bill that we will pass today will have a historic level of funding for neuroscience, over $7 billion in efforts at the National Institutes of Health, a historic investment at the National Science Foundation, and now we have brought together our national labs to create a national brain observatory.

    I want to thank my colleague from Oklahoma, Tom Cole, for working with me as the chair of our Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. And in my role on the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, there is so much more for us to do. But I am convinced that if we have the mind to work, we, indeed, can rebuild the walls.

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