Congress: Reject proposed cuts to lifesaving medical research

The Trump Administration is proposing to cut $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the proposed FY 2018 budget. At a time when extraordinary progress is being made against cancer and many other diseases, these draconian cuts would set research back for decades and also threaten the careers of an entire generation of young investigators working in labs and clinics all over the country who are committed to improving public health and saving lives.

We must take immediate action to stop this proposal in its tracks. 

In the approved 2017 budget, Congress provided the NIH with a $2 billion funding increase so as to ensure that medical research remains a national priority. Let's call on Congress to maintain this momentum for medical research! 

Trump's budget proposal will severely jeopardize the progress we are making in preventing, treating, and curing cancer. Providing robust, sustained, and predictable annual funding increases for the NIH is absolutely required for the benefit of cancer patients nationwide.

Please sign the petition and stand with us in opposition of President Trump's proposal to cut the NIH budget. 



Dear [Member of Congress],

On behalf of the entire cancer research community, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) was shocked to learn that the Trump Administration is proposing to cut $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget in fiscal year (FY) 2018. At a time when extraordinary progress is being made against cancer and many other diseases, these draconian cuts would set research back for decades and also threaten the careers of an entire generation of young investigators working in labs and clinics all over the country who are committed to improving public health and saving lives.

Therefore, we call on members of Congress to stand firmly against this budget proposal. We urge them to maintain the momentum they initiated in FY 2017 when they approved a $2 billion funding increase for the NIH so as to ensure that medical research remains a national priority. Providing robust, sustained, and predictable annual funding increases for the NIH is absolutely required for the benefit of cancer patients nationwide. Since the budget proposal by the Trump administration will severely jeopardize the progress we are making in preventing, treating, and curing cancer, this proposal must be stopped in its tracks.

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