AACI/AACR Virtual Hill Day

The 2021 AACI/AACR Virtual Hill Day will be held on Wednesday, June 9Registration is now closed.

The event will focus on our request of $46.11 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $7.609 billion for the National Cancer Institute (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. 

 If you have any questions, please contact AACI Government Relations Manager Jaren Love.

Scheduling Calls

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.

Cancer Research Ally Award

Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) will be honored with the Cancer Research Ally Award at the 2021 AACI/AACR Hill Day on Wednesday, June 9. Both congressmen will deliver remarks as part of the event’s lunchtime programming.

Rep. Higgins has demonstrated his support for cancer research, patients with cancer, and improving the quality of cancer care during 16 years in Congress. Among many cancer-related accomplishments, he serves as co-chair of the House Cancer Caucus and co-leads the annual “Dear Colleague” letter for National Cancer Institute funding. He represents Buffalo and the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Rep. Bilirakis has been a long-time advocate for cancer research funding through the National Institutes of Health and is passionate about issues including rare and pediatric cancers. Most recently, he was a lead sponsor of the AACI-endorsed CLINICAL TREATMENT Act, which was included in the FY 2021 budget and COVID response package agreed to in December 2020. Rep. Bilirakis represents parts of the Tampa Bay area, which is also home to the Moffitt Cancer Center. He has been a strong advocate for the cancer center during his 14 years in Congress.