Monday, November 12, 2007

President Threatens to Veto Healthcare Funding for NIH, MS Research

President Bush is planning to veto a bill that includes critical healthcare funding for MS research at the National Institutes of Health and for a new comprehensive MS center. Click here to send President Bush a quick email. Or, if you prefer, you can call the White House switchboard at (202) 456-1414 to deliver your message.
  • Ask the president not to veto the Labor-HHS-Education bill (H.R. 3043) and to approve funding for multiple sclerosis research.
  • Tell the president that this bill brings too much hope to people living with MS and to caregivers to justify a veto.
About the Legislation
Your MS activism has helped bring more recognition for MS in the FY 2008 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill (known has Labor-HHS). Congress has incorporated nearly $4 million in funding in the bill for the development of a multiple sclerosis and neurodegenerative disease research center at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. This first comprehensive center for MS research and care in West Virginia holds great promise for people living with MS not only in the state but nationwide.

In addition to this specific funding for MS, the Labor-HHS bill includes a 3.1% increase for the NIH, a 6% increase for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and $2 million for state respite care grants authorized by the Lifespan Respite Care Act (which MS activists helped pass last year).

Ask President Bush not to veto this bill and to support important funding increases for NIH and MS research.

1 comment:

jessica22 said...

that's crazy that Bush would veto that bill but it's not that shocking at the same time. obviously our government needs a nudge in the right direction. that's why i'm working to support AARP who are trying to get Congress to make Medicare available to the people who cannot afford it. you should check out their website at http://www.thisissoridiculous.com and sign their online petition and make your voice heard! you can also view videos, email Congress and make donations on the site!

~Jessica