Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) sponsored legislation to fund the National Institutes of Health during the government shutdown that transpired earlier in the week.
The Research for Lifesaving Cures Act is a joint resolution that funds the National Institutes of Health at the same rate and under the same conditions as in effect at the end of the completed fiscal year. These funds are accessible until December 15th of this year or another appropriations bill is put into effect.
Kingston believes that advancement and research for conditions such as Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer should not be subject to glitches in the political system. The act will continue support for biomedical research, young investigators, critical clinical trials, and scientific leadership accelerating improvement in the healthcare community.
Georgia is home to 1,650 bioscience businesses and 27,720 jobs in the industry. The NIH plays an important role in state and local economies by funding educational programs at universities and creating opportunities for young professionals.
Recently, Kingston was instrumental in coordinating a roundtable discussion at Emory University with the directors of the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control. Members from major research universities such as the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Regents University, Morehouse College, Georgia Southern University, Emory and Mercer participated in the seminar.
As Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Congressman Kingston introduced the bill yesterday. It passed the House with bipartisan support.
"When two groups are having a disagreement as we are now, small steps on less controversial measures can be taken to lead to a greater solution," said Kingston. "In the absence of formal negotiation, these smaller bills serve a significant purpose."