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AADR Issues Statement on Senate Labor-HHS FY 2019 Appropriations Bill

The American Association for Dental Research today issued the following statement in response to the approval of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill:

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) thanks the Senate Appropriations Committee for crafting a bipartisan appropriations bill that maintains funding for our nation’s federal research enterprise. This bill is a reflection of the Senate’s Labor-HHS leaders Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and their continued commitment to federal research, namely the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

AADR is particularly appreciative of the Senate Subcommittee’s proposed $2 billion increase for the NIH and nearly $9 million increase for its National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Our society benefits when we capitalize on dental, oral and craniofacial research – both in terms of cost savings and overall well-being. Sufficient federal funding will allow NIH, NIDCR and other federal research entities, to continue addressing the nation’s most pressing public health issues in order to create a healthier future for all Americans.

As lawmakers continue negotiations surrounding FY 2019, we hope the two chambers will work together in a bipartisan manner to devote sufficient resources across our nation’s full federal research continuum and to remember that a discovery in one area of research may be applied to another. In order to capitalize on the discoveries made at NIH, we need to ensure that agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), also have the necessary funding and resources to implement research innovations at the population level and to maximize their effectiveness.

AADR thanks Senate leaders Blunt and Murray, House leaders Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and other subcommittee members for their efforts thus far in the FY 2019 appropriations process and urges the House Appropriations Committee to mark up their Labor-HHS bill in a timely manner so that we can continue on the path of regular order for FY 2019. We look forward to continuing to work with Congress to support federal research agencies and provide them with the funding that will allow the promises of their research to be fully realized.

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