Published December 16, 2015
53 GOP House Members Voted Against 21st Century Cures; But Voted for NIH Funding in 2013
WASHINGTON – During the government shutdown in 2013, Harry Reid famously responded to a question from a reporter about National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and saving one child’s life by saying, “Why would we want to do that?” Unfortunately, today, there are 53 Republicans on record who earlier this year, agreed with Harry Reid and voted against funding NIH research through the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s 21st Century Cures Act.
During the government shutdown of 2013, these 53 Republicans all supported the piece meal approach to funding the NIH that would have re-opened the agency for continued medical research.
“Funding NIH is a common sense, bipartisan approach that these 53 Republicans previously supported,” said Sarah Chamberlain, President of the Main Street Partnership. “I can’t understand why they stood with Harry Reid earlier this year and chose to use NIH funding as a political football. With increased NIH funding now included in the omnibus appropriations bill, these 53 Republicans have a chance to take a mulligan and to support increased cancer and Alzheimer’s cure research by voting for this bill.”
Main Street is planning an online advertising run through Friday urging constituents of these 53 Republicans to call their members and urge them to vote yes on the Omnibus to fund the NIH.
The 53 Republican members of Congress include:
Johnson, Sam (TX)
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