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Research America program defines Sequestration:Health Research at the Breaking Point.


  • 1. RESEARCH FUNDING IN A TIME OFFISCAL CHAOSMarch 18, 2013 Max G. Bronstein, Director of Science Policy

2. Research!America: 24 Years of PuttingResearch on the Public Agenda 3. Making Health Research A HigherPriority 4. Research!Americas Greatest Hits: 5. R!A as a convener 6. Unprecedented Opportunities forBreakthroughs & Prevention 7. If you think research isexpensive, try disease. -Mary Lasker 8. Where do your taxes go? Total: $3.6 T Entitlements: $2T Science: $75 B (2%) 9. The Debt Problem 10. Solutions? 11. Research At the Breaking Point 12. NCI Impact NIH FY 2013 estimate on cancer research:$5.4B* Sequestration could reduce spending by$270M!* 13. Fiscal Fights Current budget (Continuing Resolution)Expires: March 27 Senate has proposed NIH bump, butsequestration would wipe out any increase House wants an even deeper cut, beyondsequestration 14. Budgets Galore 15. Upcoming Fiscal Fights Hit Debt Ceiling: May 18 16. Questions? 17. Why advocate? Advocacy is patriotic We are all patients Research needs YOU The right advocate at the righttime can have a huge impact Advocacy determines priorities 18. Lets make the parties endmindless sequesters, stupid debtceiling fights, and ongoingabdication of governingresponsibilities. Lets insist thatour legislators come to gripswith our deficit problem, putentitlement and tax reform onthe table, and make investmentsin science, technology,innovation, and research amongour nations highest priorities.Research!America Chair and Former CongressmanJohn Edward Porter 19. Effective Advocacy KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE Make your message matter Make your policy fit their politics (framing) Use data, but tell your personal story Jargon is a barrier - avoid it! Time is short, attention spans are shorter,keep it concise 20. Advocacy TargetsHouse Appropriations Senate Appropriations 21. Labor, Health and Human Services, Education andRelated Agencies Subcommittee Chairs Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA-01) 22. Handling Pushback Avoid traps that get you off message You are an expert on cancer and relatedissues stick to what you know Cutting medical research is not a deficitreduction strategy! Jobs=growth Stopping disease=cost savings Follow-up build a relationship 23. Wrapping up We face huge fiscal challenges, but that is noexcuse to cut funding for research We can solve the debt, but must putcompromise ahead of politics Advocacy is critical for research and patientsto thrive 24. Thanks for listening!Questions welcome:[email protected] Line: 571-482-2704