August 25, 1997 - Fiscal Year 1998 Labor, HHS Appropriations Bill

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), which represents over 42,000 members in the microbiological sciences, urges you to expedite passage of the Fiscal Year 1998 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill, HR 2264 (S 1061). We urge that you not support the attachment of controversial amendments to the bill that will delay its passage, resulting in the interruption of essential funding for life saving biomedical research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and critical public health activities conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

House and Senate Appropriations Committees have recommended increases for the NIH and the CDC which demonstrate strong bipartisan support for biomedical research and public health. Americans continue to face new health challenges and threats from emerging diseases. Biomedical research will provide the ultimate solutions to preventing, treating and curing diseases, but its strength depends on increased federal investment and support.

We urge that biomedical research and public health programs vital to the nation's well being not be held up unnecessarily by issues more appropriately addressed through other legislative mechanisms. We ask that you sustain Congress's strong bipartisan commitment to biomedical research by supporting expeditious passage of a clean bill for Labor, HHS and Education programs and approving HR 2264 (S 1061) as passed by the Appropriations Committees.

Thank you for your continued support for biomedical research.