January 7, 2022
UMR wrote to The Honorable Shalanda Young, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget, on January 7, 2022, urging OMB to include an increase of at least $3 billion to NIH’s base budget in the FY 2023 President’s Budget Request:
“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, NIH was already in overdrive working on cures and treatments for deadly diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes and ALS. And now the world’s premier health agency is providing critical leadership in the ongoing effort to research and better prevent and treat COVID-19.
In 2023, NIH will require substantial resources to not only meet the ongoing needs for pandemic research, but to continue life-saving work being done to treat and cure our other most vexing diseases. While funding for NIH has increased over the last several years with strong bipartisan support, the agency continues to face intense pressure and expectations to improve America’s health across the entire spectrum of diseases and conditions.”