On February 6th, President Bush released his proposed federal budget for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 to Congress. The President’s budget proposes deep cuts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for health promotion and quality of life programs. These proposed cuts include a proposal to eliminate funding for CDC paralysis programs, which fund the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), the NeuroRecovery Network, and Quality of Life Health Promotion Grants to non-profit organizations around the country.
On the heels of approving the first cut to NIH since 1970 in FY 2006, the President has proposed even deeper cuts in FY 2007. As a result, the total number of NIH-funded research project grants would drop by 642, or 2% below last year’s level — down a total of 15% since 2003. The President’s budget would cut funding for 18 of the 19 institutes — all, except the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fortunately, Congress determines how much money is spent on these critical programs. And there is still time for our voices to be heard. The only way to GUARANTEE that these programs are not only saved from cuts but receive the increases we know they need and deserve is for Congress to reject the President’s budget AND provide needed increases to health care programs.
When the Budget Resolution is considered in the House and Senate, oppose the President’s proposed cuts and stand with you, their constituent, in support of our efforts to increase funding for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center, including its Quality of Life grants and the NeuroRecovery Network, paralysis programs and medical research. Request that they vote to increase funding for paralysis programs and research by supporting every effort to increase funding for Function 550* over last year’s level.
ACTION NEEDED NOW
Call 202-225-3121 and ask to speak with your Senators and Representative!