Protecting Scientific Research from the Sequester

Floor Speech

By:  Jared Huffman
Date: Feb. 26, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. HUFFMAN. Mr. Speaker, last week I visited the Salk Institute, a cutting-edge biological research facility whose work has contributed to San Diego's status as the number two life science cluster in the United States. At Salk, I met Dr. Geoff Wahl, a professor who leads a groundbreaking cancer research lab, and Bianca Kennedy, a breast cancer advocate and survivor.

In fiscal year 2012, San Diego firms received more than $130 million from the National Science Foundation and $850 million from the National Institutes of Health. It's these types of investments that have created hundreds of thousands of jobs and bolstered our economy, contributing also to the quality of life for people around the world.

The sequester threatens to undo this progress. The immediate cuts to NIH from sequestration are 8.2 percent, which is equivalent to a cut of $2.5 billion. This could result in the loss of 33,000 research-related jobs in 2013 and a $4.5 billion decrease in economic activity.

Let's work together to avert the sequester so we can continue to improve the lives of patients and lead the world in science and technology.

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