Protect the NIH from Sequestration

Protecting NIH Funding

Sequester StoryOn March 1, the sequester cuts went into effect. As a result, the NIH’s budget was slashed by 5.1 percent – a total of $1.5 billion. This dramatic decrease is likely to trigger a loss of more than 20,500 jobs across the United States and reduce new economic activity by $3 billion. But more importantly, it will mean fewer life-saving treatments and cures for Americans with cardiovascular disease. Over the past several months, the association and its volunteers have strongly urged Congress to restore NIH funding.
Following a three-week shutdown in October, Congress reopened the federal government and requested a budget agreement by December that would extend the “Continuing Resolution” until January 15. In early December, a proposed budget deal was announced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). The legislation was approved by both houses of Congress and signed by President Obama just before the holiday recess.
The budget bill replaced about half of the overall cuts made by the sequester. The Senate and House Appropriations Committee must decide by January 15 which domestic programs will receive the additional funding. The association has urged the committee members to allocate $31 billion of the funds available to replace the extremely harmful sequester cuts imposed on the NIH.
An American Heart Association publication, “Sequester Stories” highlights the impact the sequester budget cuts are having on heart and stroke research.  




Rally for Medical Research Hill Day


In September 2013, the American Heart Association joined more than 180 research and patient organizations from 40 states for the "Rally for Medical Research Hill Day." This two-day event raised awareness for the need to invest in the National Institutes of Health for the health and economic security of our nation.


NIH Research Saves Lives: Our Storybook is Living Proof

NIH scrapbook front cover

Research Saves Lives Lobby Day

Researchers, heart and stroke survivors, and healthcare professionals from around the country joined together on June 6, 2012 to share their stories and urge Congres to protect the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from mandatory budget cuts in January 2013.