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Ad Hoc Group Infrastructure and Economic Recovery Letter

May 19, 2021

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leaders Schumer, Hoyer, McCarthy, and McConnell:

"On behalf of the 229 undersigned members of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, thank you for your longstanding support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As Congress considers legislation to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure and bolster economic recovery, we urge you to include, among the other key national priorities, investments in the infrastructure underpinning the medical research enterprise.

Like the physical roads and bridges that we traditionally consider infrastructure, our nation’s medical research facilities and research personnel are critical infrastructure that are essential to improve our health and prosperity. As you know, the federal commitment to medical research supported and conducted by NIH not only has been core to the extraordinary progress the U.S. has made against COVID-19 through multiple effective vaccines and other countermeasures, but also is instrumental in combatting every other health threat facing patients and their families. In addition to promoting a healthy and productive population, support for NIH also generates local and regional economic activity nationwide, catalyzes the growth of new industries and well-paying jobs, and promotes our national competitiveness."

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