Burr, Mikulski to Be Honored for Commitment to Cancer Community

U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Richard Burr (R-NC) will be honored for their support of cancer research at an evening reception on May 6, the night before the annual Capitol Hill Day, in Washington, DC. This event marks the legislatorsí tireless work on behalf of the cancer community and will bring together many key leaders of the cancer advocacy community and esteemed scientists from across the nation.

Mikulski, Senate Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee and member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), has served as a devoted champion for federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) throughout her tenure in Congress. Mikulski is Congressí longest-serving woman, with six terms in the House before her election to the Senate. She will retire at the conclusion of her fifth Senate term.

Burr has been vocal in his support of federal funding for the NIH throughout his time in Washington. In March, he spearheaded a bipartisan Dear Colleague letter in the Senate, alongside his colleague Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). Together, they have requested that appropriators maintain a strong commitment to NIH funding. Burr has served on the Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Health and the Senate HELP Committee. He has been a long-time supporter of Duke Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University.

AACI is co-hosting Hill Day on Thursday, May 7, with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Advocacy efforts will showcase the nationís cancer centers and how the federal investment in research sustains progress in the fight against cancer and provides economic benefits for the nation. Participants will seek to secure at least $32 billion in federal funding for the NIH for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, in order to restore the purchasing power of the NIH. Our nationís cancer centers and their patients depend on increased federal funding to make progress in biomedical research. If you are unable to attend in person, please consider sending a representative, colleague, or patient in your place.

The reception honoring Senators Mikulski and Burr will take place on Wednesday, May 6, from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. in Room B-338 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington.

The events on May 7 will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a Breakfast Briefing for participants at the Reserve Officers Association (One Constitution Avenue, NE), followed by individual meetings with representatives and senators.