American Association for Dental Research Statement on Investing for the People Act of 2019
American Association for Dental Research Chief Executive Officer Christopher H. Fox, DMD, DMSc, on behalf of the Association issued the following statement on Investing for the People Act (H.R. 2021)
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) was pleased to see the House Budget Committee’s recent proposal to raise the discretionary spending caps in fiscal years 2020 and 2021 – a critical first step in the dialogue on preventing $55 billion in harmful cuts to federal research and public health programs at the end of the current fiscal year. The spending levels reflected in the proposal are more realistic and reasonable for the coming years and, importantly, they will allow our nation’s indispensable federal research agencies to carry out their respective missions.
Each year researchers, students, dental and medical practitioners, policymakers and the American public rely on non-defense discretionary programs, including federally-funded research. The austere spending policies established as part of the Budget Control Act severely threaten those programs, including the National Institutes of Health and its National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Oral Health. Shortchanging these programs could force cuts to research aimed at improving the oral health of the nation, reducing the societal costs of dental care, training the next generation of researchers and enhancing the evidence base for the dental profession.
Non-defense discretionary programs continue to operate at a loss after years of declining purchasing power due to inflation, sequestration and budget cuts. AADR is grateful to Congress for its work in previous years to pass bipartisan budget deals that have led to much-needed investments for these programs, and we urge Congress to do its part again to avert these dangerous and counterproductive cuts.
AADR hopes that our nation’s policymakers will seriously consider House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth’s proposal and work in earnest with the White House to enact a bipartisan budget deal to raise the caps as soon as possible.
About the American Association for Dental Research
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 3,400 individual members dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). To learn more, visit www.iadr.org/aadr.