The Importance of Nih Fundingby Representative Peter T. King
Posted on 2013-12-11
of new york
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mr. KING of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my support
for full funding of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The
largest source of funding for medical research in the world, the NIH
has supported more than 130 Nobel Prize winners.
Medical breakthroughs funded through the NIH include new treatments for cancer and chronic conditions. Clinical trials hosted at the NIH award patients newfound hope that they will be able to overcome debilitating diseases or conditions.
While the significance of NIH funding can be measured through patients reached and treatments developed, it can also be gauged through economic impact. For every dollar of NIH funding spent in New York State, more than twice as much is generated in economic output. In 2011, NIH grants and contracts created and supported more than 33,193 jobs in the state alone and more than 500,000 jobs nationwide.
Due to budget cuts, the NIH funded approximately 700 fewer research grants in 2013 than 2012 and admitted 750 fewer patients to the NIH Clinical Center. Almost immediately, these cuts affected patients hoping to be admitted to clinical trials and research jobs at universities nationwide. In the long term, these cuts will almost certainly delay progress in medical breakthroughs.
We must not allow the significant legacy of the National Institutes of Health be diminished by the harmful effects of funding cuts.