Earlier this week, we asked our advocates to write to their Representatives to vote yes on H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. Today, the House will begin debating the 21st Century Cures Act including a vote on an amendment that threatens the power of this bill to fund research and save lives. The Brat Amendment, filed by Representative Dave Brat (R-VA), would undermine one of the fundamental promises of the 21st Century Cures Act: guaranteeing robust funding for NIH after years of flat and reduced spending. This amendment would undermine NIH’s enhanced ability through H.R. 6 to perform basic research that contributes to the development of biomedical advancements to the benefit of all people. Furthermore, the Brat Amendment would weaken bipartisan support for H.R. 6 and poses a threat to its ultimate passage in the House.
The 21st Century Cures Act is critical to the advancement of preventive research to save more lives. We must continue to do all we can to Stop Cancer Before it Starts!™
Contact your Representatives today to let your voice be heard. The NIH needs more funding to help maintain the United States’ role as a global leader in biomedical innovation. We need your help to make sure the Brat Amendment does not pass to continue to help prevent cancer.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jeanne.Ellinport@preventcancer.org.