NCI Impact • NIH FY 2013 estimate on cancer research:$5.4 B* • Sequestration could reduce spending by $270M!*http://report.nih.gov/categorical_spending.aspx
Fiscal Fights• Current budget (Continuing Resolution) Expires: March 27• Senate has proposed NIH bump, but sequestration would wipe out any increase• House wants an even deeper cut, beyond sequestration
Why advocate?• Advocacy is patriotic• We are all patients• Research needs YOU• The right advocate at the right time can have a huge impact• Advocacy determines priorities
“Let‟s make the parties end mindless sequesters, stupid debt ceiling fights, and ongoing abdication of governing responsibilities. Let‟s insist that our legislator‟s come to grips with our deficit problem, put entitlement and tax reform on the table, and make investments in science, technology, innovation, and research among our nation‟s highest priorities.”Research!America Chair and Former CongressmanJohn Edward Porter
Effective Advocacy• KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE• Make your message matter• Make your policy fit their politics (framing)• Use data, but tell your personal story• Jargon is a barrier - avoid it!• Time is short, attention spans are shorter, keep it concise
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education andRelated Agencies Subcommittee Chairs Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA-01)
Handling Pushback• Avoid traps that get you „off message‟• You are an expert on cancer and related issues – stick to what you know• Cutting medical research is not a deficit reduction strategy! • Jobs=growth • Stopping disease=cost savings• Follow-up – build a relationship
Wrapping up• We face huge fiscal challenges, but that is no excuse to cut funding for research• We can solve the debt, but must put compromise ahead of politics• Advocacy is critical for research and patients to thrive• Visit: www.researchamerica.org
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