H.R. 1 Cuts Funding for Cancer


Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 1 ? a budget proposal for FY 2011 that makes critical cuts to cancer research and programs.

Compared to last year?s funding levels, this bill would cut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget by $1.3 Billion and the National Institute of Health?s (NIH) budget by $1.6 Billion.

The CDC budget funds critical cancer screening and prevention programs like the National Comprehensive Cancer Control program and National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. This 21 percent cut will have a devastating impact on numerous proven cancer programs that save lives.

Research at NIH is also a critical tool in the fight against cancer. A 5.2 percent cut to the NIH?s budget will slow down attempts to find the cures of tomorrow through biomedical research.

We understand that Congress and the Administration are facing a number of budgetary constraints in the current economic environment. But cutting funding for our critical cancer prevention and research programs is not an effective way to fight a disease that costs our country more than $268 Billion annually.

Please contact your member of Congress and urge him/her to protect funding for cancer research and programs by voting ?no? on H.R. 1.


    1. Jackie Boury says:

      Yeah, I got THIS message:
      “Oh, but, sorry there, populace: We’re already Fighting A Global War. Don’t you read “The News”?
      –Hugs from Your Representatives.”

      So much for This Year’s Models…

      I survived cancer in 1962. Somehow. Barely. Livelucky.

      “The easy cut all too often turns out to be the most expensive”… Well said. Compare the cost of the Ex-Midnight Basketball Program (which was visibly working, R.I.P.) to the staggering cost of the U.S.’ gargantuan, barbaric Prison System. No wonder there’s no money for cancer research… Barbarous.

      –My Government’s Working for Someone.
      (For The Rest of Us, it’s just a bunch of Rules. It used to be okay here. System Down.)

  1. When I hear that politicians want to cut funding for scientific medical research, in particular cancer research, I just want to weep with frustration. The war against cancer is a global war and for one country, be it the USA or the UK or any other country to cut this spending is little short of a dereliction of duty!
    Of course the US Congress has a duty and responsibility first and foremost to the American taxpayer, BUT this does NOT negate their responsibility to the family of nations of which the US is an important part.
    Of course the Congress and the Administration are facing a number of critical problems – but taking the easy option is rarely, if ever, the correct long-term solution.
    Ask any American mother who balances the family’s household accounts and tell me which one will cut $2.90 and risk a potential SAVING of $268 or at least a goodly part thereof – no more newspapers, but that means no more ‘money off’ or ‘2 for the price of 1’ coupons. I get by on a relatively small pension of £1000 a month … there’s NO WAY I would cut £2.90 and put £268 at risk, I may not be the world’s greatest financial genius, but my mother was much too wise to raise any idiots!!! Sounds simple, doesn’t it, and it really doesn’t matter if you are talking dollars/Pounds or billions of dollars/pounds, it’s the principle that matters, and the easy cut all too often turns out to be the most expensive!!!
    It’s not JUST about the responsibility Congress has to the American people, it’s also about the responsibility Congress has to the rest of the world in this global battle!

  2. Nancy says:

    Cutting cancer research dollars when we need more cancer research dollars is unacceptable.

  3. at least they do something for the cancer, and they care about it. in my country, if someone got cancer, doctors only seem patient is a cheque, they will give patient and most experience medicines. that’s really horrible

  4. Shelley B. says:

    please post instead:

    Has this been passed by the Senate yet? Can we stop this yet? Please? Both of the clinical trials that I have been depending on to save my life on my terms are funded by NIH money!!!!!!!!!

  5. m says:

    Reading through HR1, I can’t find anything that has to do with Cancer research/funding relating to the CDC or NIH.

    Please Advise?

    Full Text: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.1:

    HR1 Was passed/agreed to in the House (237 Yeas/189 Nays). Looks like the latest action was 2/19 – by motion to reconsider, laid on the table and agreed to without objection. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/thomas

  6. I cannot believe that the republicans in the house and some democrats did this week to cut CANCER and AIDS FUNDING. I think we should have a Demo at the CAPITAL on March 29th , 2011 at NOON. Put all on notice that they will be voted out of the house for this. Anyone game?

  7. cancer hats says:

    Same as my country! If you don’t have money so no medicine, no taking care of and …

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