Contact Your Senators to Support the Moran Amendment for NIH Funding

Contact your Senators today!Call to Action – Research is important for people with Down syndrome, especially because Down syndrome is the least-funded genetic condition by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funding for Down syndrome research at the NIH started a continual and precipitous decline in the year 2001. With recent budget discussions and the possibility that NIH’s budget may decrease, there has never been a more important time to support the NIH and advocate for research funding for Down syndrome.

Contact your U.S. Senators TODAY to support increased funding for NIH. Tell your U.S. Senators to support the “Moran Amendment” to the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Resolution, which would increase funding for medical research. As the U.S. Senate considers the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Resolution, Sen. Moran will offer an amendment to increase NIH funding by $1.4 billion to allow NIH to keep up with the rate of biomedical research inflation. Medical research is important as it can significantly improve the health and lifespan of people with Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome are predisposed to certain medical conditions – an estimated 50 percent will be born with congenital heart defects, upward of 70 percent are estimated to have sleep apnea, and up to 50 percent will have the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Ask your Senators to commit to supporting funding for research by voting for the Moran Amendment!

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