Call on Congress Speaker Max Bronstein


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  • Call on Congress Speaker Max Bronstein

    1. 1. RESEARCH FUNDING IN A TIME OF FISCAL CHAOSMarch 18, 2013 Max G. Bronstein, Director of Science Policy
    2. 2. Research!America: 24 Years of PuttingResearch on the Public Agenda
    3. 3. Making Health Research A HigherPriority
    4. 4. Research!America‟s Greatest Hits:
    5. 5. R!A as a convener
    6. 6. Unprecedented Opportunities forBreakthroughs & Prevention
    7. 7. “If you think research isexpensive, try disease.” -Mary Lasker
    8. 8. Where do your taxes go?• Total: $3.6 T• Entitlements: $2T• Science: $75 B (2%)• 
    9. 9. The Debt Problem
    10. 10. Solutions?
    11. 11. Research At the Breaking Point
    12. 12. NCI Impact • NIH FY 2013 estimate on cancer research:$5.4 B* • Sequestration could reduce spending by $270M!*
    13. 13. 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
    14. 14. Budgets Galore
    15. 15. Upcoming Fiscal Fights• Hit Debt Ceiling: May 18
    16. 16. Questions?
    17. 17. 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
    18. 18. “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
    19. 19. 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
    20. 20. Advocacy TargetsHouse Appropriations Senate Appropriations
    21. 21. Labor, Health and Human Services, Education andRelated Agencies Subcommittee Chairs Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA-01)
    22. 22. 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
    23. 23. 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:
    24. 24. Thanks for listening!Questions welcome:mbronstein@researchamerica.orgDirect Line: 571-482-2704