Due to ongoing health concerns related to COVID-19, AACI and AACR have shifted their joint visit to Capitol Hill to a virtual format for the second year.
Registration is now open for the 2021 AACI/AACR Hill Day, scheduled for Wednesday, June 9. The virtual advocacy day will consist of video and conference call meetings organized by Soapbox, a firm that specializes in coordinating advocacy days. Hill Day is open to all AACI and AACR members who wish to participate.
The event will bring cancer center directors, researchers, physician-scientists, cancer survivors, and other advocates together to build support for a strong federal investment in biomedical research—and cancer research in particular—through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Participants will focus on a request of $46.11 billion for the NIH and $7.609 billion for the NCI in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, and messaging will emphasize the importance of funding for these agencies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also request an additional $10 billion for the NIH to address COVID-related research disruptions.
Participation in the virtual Hill Day is critical to sharing our message with legislators: that stable, predictable funding increases are essential to advancing research and care at our nation’s cancer centers, and a bipartisan commitment to cancer research is saving and improving millions of lives.
If you have any questions, please contact AACI Government Relations Manager Jaren Love.
For participants in the eastern time zone, meetings will be scheduled between 9:00 am–5:30 pm ET. For those in other time zones, meetings will be scheduled starting at 9:00 am local time and no later than 5:30 pm ET. For example, in the Pacific time zone, meetings will be scheduled between 9:30 am–2:30 pm PT. In some rare cases, an office may only be able to meet outside these times; if so, participants will be notified as far in advance as possible.