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Friends of NIDDK Letter on FY22 Appropriations

February 08, 2022

Dear Chairman Leahy, Chair DeLauro, Ranking Member Shelby, and Ranking Member Granger:

"The 34 undersigned patient, provider, healthcare, and research organizations who are members of the Friends of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), write to urge the prompt passage of final Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriations bills with a robust increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the work of the NIDDK.

As a deal on an omnibus has not yet been reached, we are concerned that additional continuing resolutions (CRs) beyond the February 18 deadline would further destabilize the biomedical research enterprise, which is already suffering due to COVID-19 induced disruptions. Because of the uncertainty of a CR, NIH will be unable to fully commit anticipated resources to multi-year grants, resulting in delays in funding for extremely competitive grants and high-impact new projects. These delays affect patients waiting for new treatments and cures, researchers, lab staff, graduate students and postdocs."

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