When Congress returns next week, it will focus on the looming fiscal cliff. The fiscal cliff describes the meeting of economic events that will occur unless Congress acts NOW. They include the expiration of tax cuts and unemployment benefits, along with an across-the-board spending cut (also called sequestration).
Cancer research and prevention simply cannot sustain additional funding cuts.
Discretionary spending, which includes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has already been cut by a trillion dollars through 2021.
The cuts that cancer research and prevention face are real and serious. At no other time in recent history has your involvement been so critical.
Lawmakers are facing difficult policy decisions that will impact funding for federal programs for years to come. We must remind Congress that funding for medical research and prevention fuel our economy by preventing cancer and its associated costs and through job creation.
We need you to speak up. Please take a moment to send an email to your members of Congress through Fight Colorectal Cancer's Action Center. A template letter has been provided for you, which can be personalized for maximum effectiveness. Emailing your lawmakers only takes a few minutes of your time. This may be your last opportunity this year to defend against cuts to cancer funding. Please take action today.
Today, Fight Colorectal Cancer and its partners in the cancer and medical research community are on Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to put patients first by rejecting cuts to the NIH and CDC. Join them by making your voice heard. TAKE ACTION now.
Thank you so much.
President, Fight Colorectal Cancer