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United for Medical Research Applauds $2 Billion Boost for NIH in FY 2017 Omnibus Spending Bill

May 1, 2017

The following statement can be attributed to UMR President Lizbet Boroughs:

“United for Medical Research applauds the $2 billion boost for the National Institutes of Health included in the spending bill released by Congress last night. This increase recognizes the need to catch up from a very long period of flat funding at NIH and the opportunity that medical research presents to address America’s most debilitating, costly, and chronic diseases. This increase will provide hope to patients and researchers alike.

“NIH-funded research, conducted at academic and medical institutions in communities in every state in the nation, also is an engine for economic progress. According to an analysis by UMR, NIH-funded research supported 379,471 jobs and $64.799 billion in economic activity across the United States in fiscal year 2016.

“We are grateful for the steadfast support of so many members of Congress and for the leadership of Chairmen Roy Blunt and Tom Cole and Ranking Members Patty Murray and Rosa DeLauro in achieving this win for the NIH budget and for patients everywhere. We urge Congress to act swiftly this week to approve this bill.”

United for Medical Research is a coalition of leading research scientific research institutions and industries, and patient and health advocates that have joined together to seek steady increases in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Learn more at For examples of the amazing things that NIH research is making possible,