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JDF Washington Report
Vol. I, No. 4, July 17, 1998

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation---Government Relations

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), pledges $2 billion for the NIH for FY1999. This number is consistent with the 15% increase for NIH that JDF advocates have been requesting for the upcoming fiscal year.

Senate Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA), upon his return to the Senate following major heart surgery, announced his intention to increase the NIH budget by 15 percent in this year's appropriations bill. JDF is requesting a 15-percent increase in NIH and NIDDK, as a foundation for an even larger increase in NIH-supported diabetes research. The relevant portion of Senator Specter's statement follows:

"In conjunction with the distinguished ranking member of the Subcommittee, Senator Tom Harkin, our Subcommittee has taken the lead to increase NIH funding from $11.3 billion in FY95 to $11.9 billion in FY96 to $12.7 billion in FY97 to $13.6 billion in FY98. This year we are targeting an increase of $2 billion which will be difficult considering the Subcommittee's other priorities; but, I think, attainable."

Want to know how you can help make this happen? Send a short letter to Senator Specter thanking him for his floor statement calling for a 15-percent increase in NIH funding. Tell him that you or your family is impacted by diabetes and how much you appreciate his strong support for the NIH and diabetes research. Letters can be sent to:

Senator Arlen Specter
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

The IOM releases a report on research priority setting and JDF is recognized in media coverage of the release of the study.

The Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report on priority setting at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), "Scientific Opportunity and Public Needs," was released on July 8, 1998. JDF played a major role in reviewing the draft prior to its release. JDF's Washington, DC office released a statement of the final report. This statement can be found on the JDF Web Site at The April 4, 1998 testimony at the IOM prepared by S. Robert Levine, MD, then-Chairman of the JDF Government Relations Committee is available at Both the Washington Fax and the Chronicle of Higher Education cited JDF's statement and analysis of the study.

"S. Robert Levine, a physician who sits on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International said, 'This recommendation would go a long way toward alleviating the concerns raised by many organizations, which have argued that insufficient funding has been allocated to diseases -- such as diabetes -- which pose a high economic and human toll, ' " reported the Chronicle.

The Washington Fax reported, "In an early response from disease-advocacy groups, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation made clear that it believes it won its case. If NIH does indeed improved its analysis of disease burden, and uses that analysis in allocating funding, 'this recommendation by the IOM panel could go a long way toward alleviating the concerns raised by many organizations, including JDF....' "

The full IOM report, as well as the news release and statement can be found by accessing the IOM news Web Site at and linking to the "Top News" icon and scrolling to "More News" and clicking on July 8th.

Congressional Diabetes Caucus Reaches Almost 200 Members! Visit the JDF Web Site to see if your Member of Congress has joined!

At press time, the Congressional Diabetes Caucus co-chaired by Representatives George Nethercutt (R-WA) and Elizabeth Furse (D-OR) counts 192 members of the House of Representatives on the Caucus. This is an extraordinarily high number for a congressional caucus and proves the vigilance of JDF advocates. Visit the JDF Web Site to see if your Member of Congress has joined. If he or she hasn't, feel free to call, write or email his or her office to respectfully ask him or her to join. You may also access the name of your Member of Congress by accessing the Government Relations page of the Web Site at

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1VOTE ex. 5 (800-533-1868)

Posted 18 July 1998

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