Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Crapo should work to end sequestration

    As Sen. Mike Crapo serves on the federal budget conference committee over the next few weeks, we urge him to make ending sequestration among his highest priorities. Sequestration has already resulted in a $1.5 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health budget this year and a $209 million reduction to the Food and Drug Administration. Without Congressional action, sequestration will remain in place through 2021, cutting these and other programs so important to us and our loved ones, as some of the 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease.
    There is currently no treatment that prevents, slows, stops or cures Parkinson’s, which is estimated to cost $14.4 billion annually. It is critical that Congress strengthen investment in priorities that support the work of the broader medical research community, as well as patients and their families. Additional cuts to federal research funding could also result in a loss of over half a million dollars for Idaho, which may have a devastating impact on the local economy. Ending sequestration and supporting medical research funding and innovation are investments in our country’s future. We, along with other members of the Parkinson’s community in Idaho, will be watching their leadership on this issue very closely.
Lisa Bain
Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN)
 Idaho state director
Grove Ayers
PAN Idaho assistant state director,
Coeur d’Alene
Vera DeMay
PAN Idaho assistant state director, Boise


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