[mla-nynj] NIH APPROPRIATIONS ACTION ALERT

Mahnaz Tehrani mtehrani at nyit.edu
Fri Dec 17 15:14:30 UTC 2010


Greetings all,

Sorry I was out yesterday, opened my messages today. Hope it's not late to show our support for the NIH appropriations. Thanks. Mahnaz
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Please take action this week to support funding for NLM's FY 2011 bill.  See below for details.  Mary



NIH APPROPRIATIONS ACTION ALERT
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
BACKGROUND

Congress is working to finalize the FY11 appropriations process in the closing days of the lame duck session.  Last week, the House of Representatives passed a "Continuing Resolution" that funds most departments, agencies and programs of the Federal government at current FY10 levels through the end of FY11 (Sept. 30, 2011).   Of specific interest to MLA and AAHSL, the Continuing Resolution level-funds existing institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health and provides $25 million in new funding to support the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN). CAN is a new NIH program established in the health reform bill designed to speed the translation of basic biomedical research findings into better clinical treatments and cures. The Senate has not taken-up the House-passed CR. Instead, Senate Democrats yesterday released an "omnibus" appropriations package for FY11. This legislation contains all 12 unfinished appropriations bills for FY11, including the bill that funds the NIH.   The omnibus package includes a $750 million increase for the NIH.  Included in this increase is $50 million for the Cures Acceleration Network.

In the next few days, Senate Democratic leaders will attempt to pass the omnibus bill on the Senate floor. It is unclear at this time if they have the votes to secure passage.  If the bill fails to advance, then the Senate will likely approve the House-passed Continuing Resolution.  That would result in level funding for the NIH in FY11.  If the Senate does pass the omnibus bill, then it will go to the House for consideration.  Passage of the omnibus bill is a preferable outcome for NIH advocates as it provides a $750 million increase in funding for much needed biomedical research. We understand that the Omnibus Appropriations Bill also
contains language that would extend the NIH public access policy to agencies in the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.


ACTION REQUESTED

Contact your two senators today and ask them to support an increase of $750 million for the NIH as called for in the Senate omnibus appropriations bill.   Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and they can connect you to the appropriate office.

Tips for calling senate offices:

1) Be prepared to leave a brief (60-90 second) voicemail explaining that you are calling in support of increased funding for the National Institutes of Health in FY11.
2) Identify yourself as a constituent and health sciences librarian and ask to speak with the senator's healthcare legislative assistant.
3)  When connected to the health aide (or his/her voicemail), explain that necessary resources to support enhanced patient care, biomedical research, and public access to high quality health information are provided by the NIH with support from the National Library of Medicine.
4) Ask that the senator to support an increase of $750 million (2.4%) for the NIH in FY11 as called for in the Senate omnibus appropriations bill.
5) Give the aide your contact information and ask to be kept informed of the senator's action on this important issue.

Calling works best, but if you would prefer, you may also e-mail senate offices.  You may find information for your senators at www.congress.org<http://www.congress.org> by entering your zip code in the box on the right-hand side of the page.

Information about programs at the National Library of Medicine can be found on MLA and AAHSL's fact sheet at: http://www.mlanet.org/government/gov_pdf/2010_may_nlm_final_factsheet.pdf .

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.  Mary

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<mailto:mlaedo2 at mlahq.org>



Mahnaz A. Tehrani MLIS, MSIT, AHIP
Librarian
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Northern Blvd.,
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000
E-mail: mtehrani at nyit.edu<mailto:mtehrani at nyit.edu>
Phone: 516-686-3944
Fax: 516-686-3906




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