Congress is beginning to hold hearings on the appropriations process to make fiscal year 2020 funding recommendations for federal programs like the NIH. Over the past few years, the NIH has received a 30 percent increase in funding which represents the largest increase since the doubling period of 1999-2003. However, in the post-doubling period, NIH lost 22 percent of its capacity to fund research due to budget cuts, sequestration and inflationary losses. AGA strongly believes that research funding must be consistent, sustained and keep pace with medical research inflation in order to maintain progress on current research projects. To reflect these priorities, AGA and the research community is calling on Congress to increase funding to the NIH by $2.5 billion to bring NIH’s budget to $41.8 billion.
AGA President David Lieberman will be on Capitol Hill on March 12 to urge Congress to support a $2.5 billion increase in NIH, a 7.8 percent increase in VA medical research funding and that stomach cancer continue to be one of the cancers included in the DoD’s Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program that provides research opportunities to GI cancer research. We encourage you to lend your voice to support our research advocacy efforts by contacting your legislators to ask them to support our research priorities.
We will continue to update you on our advocacy efforts as the budget process continues.