ACC’s Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Testimony Urges Robust NIH, CDC Funding

The ACC submitted written testimony on May 18 to the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, emphasizing the importance of robust funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support medical innovation, promote critical cardiovascular research, and increase awareness around healthy lifestyle behaviors, among other items.

The testimony, submitted on behalf of ACC President B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC, provides expert insights and recommendations regarding cardiovascular health and related funding priorities to inform the subcommittee as it begins the appropriations process for allocating federal funds for fiscal year 2024.

Specifically, the testimony urges Congress to provide at least $51 billion to support NIH research and development initiatives, and advocates for at least $121 million to support the NIH Office of Nutrition Research’s work, acknowledging nutrition’s significant role in cardiovascular health and the need for new research and recommendations in this field.

The College’s involvement underscores its ongoing commitment to advocating for evidence-based policies that will usher in advancements in cardiovascular care at the national level. Access the full testimony here.

Clinical Topics: Cardiovascular Care Team

Keywords: Healthy Lifestyle, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S., Financial Management, Policy, United States, ACC Advocacy

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