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Ann K.
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    by Representative Ann M. Kuster

    Posted on 2013-12-11

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    KUSTER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. KUSTER. Mr. Speaker, the National Institutes of Health has helped make America one of the great engines of biomedical discovery.

    NIH funding is critical for NIH to sustain its mission of improving health through scientific breakthroughs and maintain our international leadership.

    I am proud that some of the world's best scientific research is taking place right here in New Hampshire. In New Hampshire, lifesaving research at Dartmouth College and UNH is made possible by NIH grants.

    Unfortunately, the first year of sequestration required NIH to cut 5 percent of its budget. Many of America's young scientists are leaving the U.S. to pursue their research abroad for more stable positions.

    If the sequestration were to continue for the full 10 years, NIH would lose a staggering $19 billion, and our Nation would lose precious time in its race against Alzheimer's disease, cancer, autism, HIV/AIDS, and countless other diseases that cause pain and suffering.

    I urge congressional leaders to approve robust funding for NIH and to reverse the damaging impact of sequestration on research programs.


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