[mla-nynj] FW: SUPPORT NIH FUNDING: ACTION ALERT

Robb Mackes rmackes at delamed.org
Tue Nov 6 13:13:05 UTC 2007


Forwarding for Mahnaz.  Please direct questions or comments to her at mtehrani at nyit.edu.

Thanks...

rtm

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From: Mahnaz Tehrani [mailto:mtehrani at nyit.edu] 
Sent: Monday, 05 November, 2007 17:49
To: mla-nynj
Subject: SUPPORT NIH FUNDING: ACTION ALERT

DEAR MEMBERS

Your immediate action is needed on the attached action alert.
ACTION ALERT-November 5, 2007
 
IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO PRESERVE GAINS IN NIH FUNDING 
INCLUDED IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2008 LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL
 
Before close of business Tuesday, the library community is urged to contact your member of the House and two senators and urge them to support the Labor-HHS appropriations bill when it is considered.
 
Background
 
House and Senate appropriations conferees finished work last week on the fiscal year 2008 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS). This bill contains significant increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Specific to the interests of the medical and scientific communities, the bill increases funding for NIH by 3.8%. 
 
The president has threatened to veto the bill because it exceeds the overall amount requested in his fiscal year 2008 budget proposal. The president's budget proposal actually calls for a cut for NIH. If Congress is forced to adhere to the president's budget proposal's funding levels, or if a bill cannot be enacted and Congress is forced to pass a year-long continuing resolution, all of the gains made during this year's appropriations process will be eliminated. 
 
This week the House and Senate will be voting on the Labor-HHS bill. MLA members are urged to contact their member of the House of Representatives and their two Senators to insist that they vote in favor of the Labor-HHS appropriations bill when it is considered.  Additionally, advocates are urged to contact all members of the House and Senate. A two-thirds majority vote in favor of the bill will help position the bill for a veto-override if the president does in fact veto the legislation. Without the two-thirds majority vote, Congress will be forced to negotiate a more modest package closely aligned with the cuts proposed by the president, or be forced to pass a year-long continuing resolution which level-funds all programs and wipes out any new spending contained in the Labor-HHS bill.
 
The vote is expected to occur this Wednesday, so advocates are urged to act today and Tuesday. To find your member of the House and your senators, go to www.congress.org. When prompted, enter your zip code. Please act as soon as possible.
Mary M. Langman, Coordinator
Information Issues and Policy
Medical Library Association
65 E. Wacker Pl., Ste. 1900
Chicago, Illinois 60601-7246

ph  312/419-9094, ext. 27
fax  312/419-8950
mlaedo2 at mlahq.org 




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