Today, the American Association for Dental Research sent a letter in support of the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act (S. 2658). Sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, this legislation creates a mechanism by which predictable, increased and sustainable funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) may be possible. AADR applauds this bill as an innovative approach to address the declining purchasing power of NIH and to prevent the further erosion of promising research.
However, since the funding levels dictated are still too low for other agencies and oral health programs AADR also strongly urges Congress to develop a long-term and permanent solution to replace sequestration for all non-defense discretionary spending.
AADR stands ready to work with the broader scientific community and Sen. Harkin to enact this legislation in the upcoming months.