AACI/AACR/ASCO to Honor Reps. Carson and McKinley

On Thursday, May 4 AACI will co-host a visit to Capitol Hill with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

The annual Hill Day reception will kick off the event on Wednesday, May 3, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Room 2060 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Representatives André Carson (D-IN) and David McKinley (R-WV) will be recognized for their outstanding leadership on behalf of cancer research. Both members of Congress have been outspoken supporters of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Representatives Carson and McKinley will accept their awards in person.

In March, Representatives Carson and McKinley, along with their colleagues, Representatives Peter King (R-NY) and Susan Davis (D-CA), led a Dear Colleague letter to House Appropriators, urging a Fiscal Year 2018 appropriation for the NIH in the amount of at least $36 billion. More than 200 House Republicans and Democrats co-signed the letter. The representatives stressed the importance of the NIH to health outcomes, education, the creation of jobs, and economic growth. They highlighted the need for Congress to make forward-thinking investments in biomedical research, as “NIH funding supports over 400,000 non-federal scientists and technical personnel at 2,500 research universities and facilities nationwide.”

Representative Carson has been a friend to Indiana University Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center and Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, while Representative McKinley has been a supporter of WVU Cancer Institute.

Hill Day will bring together cancer center directors, administrators, public and government relations professionals, as well as patient advocates. Advocates will thank members of Congress for their renewed commitment to the NIH and NCI through the 21st Century Cures Act, and ask that they release in full the $496 million designated under 21st Century Cures in FY 2018 for specific initiatives at the NIH, including the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot. Additionally, they will ask that legislators support an increase in funding for the NIH in FY 2018 by providing an additional $2 billion above the final FY 2017 enacted level.

Please contact Jennifer Pegher, Director of Government Relations at AACI, with questions regarding Hill Day.