December 05, 2012

Tell Congress: Cures, Not Cuts!

Funding for lupus research is at risk. Congress is considering significant policy changes as a way to reduce the deficit, and sequestration is looming. Sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts, would dramatically reduce funding for medical research from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by 8.2 percent beginning January 3, 2013.

Lupus researchers will lose valuable time in the fight against lupus if Congress allows sequestration to occur. We can’t let lupus research languish. It’s time to tell Congress: WE NEED CURES, NOT CUTS!

Medical research should be a high national priority. The NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, and the impending cuts would be devastating. Congress must work to ensure that medical research is funded at a level that will bring about progress in better treating and diagnosing diseases like lupus. NIH-funded research is the engine that powers tomorrow’s therapeutic discoveries, and people with lupus deserve a full arsenal of treatments in order to combat the disease.  

Take action today!  Send an e-mail to your Members of Congress telling them “We Need Cures, Not Cuts!”

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