June 24, 2021
Yesterday, SNMMI filed its Outside Witness Testimony in support of increased funding for the National Institutes of Health. In the testimony, the society asked that at least $46.1 billion be included in the NIH's base program budget for FY2022. Additionally, the society requested additional details concerning the proposed Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). SNMMI looks forward to Congress's response when the House releases its Labor-H appropriations bill in July.
As the FY2022 appropriations process continues to work its way through Congress, we encourage our members to take action now and contact their member of Congress through this link.
SNMMI has been a staunch advocate for additional federal research funding. In May, the society and 228 other organizations signed a letter coordinated by the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research thanking the 117th Congress for its support of medical research. As Congress considers legislation to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure and bolster economic recovery, the signatories urged Congress to include investments in the infrastructure underpinning the medical research enterprise.
Additionally, SNMMI—along with the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the Association for Quality Imaging (AQI), and the Center for Diagnostic Imagining (CDI)—sent a letter commending Reps. DeGette and Upton on the introduction of the the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act.
We remain committed to assisting Congress in the nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and support the continuous funding of scientific and medical research to ensure improved patient outcomes.