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Friends of NICHD FY23 Letter

May 23, 2022

Dear Chairs Murray and DeLauro and Ranking Members Blunt and Cole:

"The undersigned organizations are members of the Friends of NICHD, a coalition of professional societies and patient advocacy groups with a vested interest in promoting and sustaining the vital research activities of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

The Friends of NICHD are grateful for the strong, bipartisan support your subcommittees have given the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NICHD. Thanks to your leadership, NIH has received significant increases in funding in recent years. The Friends of NICHD urge you to continue your support of NIH and NICHD in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. Our coalition has endorsed the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research FY 2023 funding recommendation, which would provide the NIH with $49 billion in funding, a $3.5 billion increase over the agency’s FY 2022 level with additional funding for 21st Century Cures Act initiatives. In light of our support for this funding increase at NIH, we also call for NICHD to receive a proportionate increase, bringing its funding to $1.816 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, an increase of $133 million over FY 2022. We further request that NICHD’s base budget in FY 2023 grow at the same rate as the NIH’s base budget overall in FY 2023 spending legislation."

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