Congresswoman Waters Commends Senate Appropriations Committee for Significant Increase in FY 2017 Alzheimer’s Research
Reiterates Call for $500 Million Increase in House
June 10, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, congratulated the Senate Appropriations Committee for providing a $400 million increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for a total appropriation of $1.39 billion in Fiscal Year 2017. The increase was included in the FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations bill, which the committee approved yesterday by an overwhelming vote of 29 to 1.
“I commend the Senate Appropriations Committee for providing a significant increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research,” said Congresswoman Waters. “While the Senate bill did not provide as much as I requested, the increase will go a long way towards helping us find a cure to this devastating disease.”
Congresswoman Waters called for a $500 million increase in FY 2017 funding for Alzheimer’s research in a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee, which was signed by a bipartisan group of 74 Members of Congress.
“Alzheimer’s is a tragic disease affecting millions of Americans, and it has reached crisis proportions,” said Congresswoman Waters and her colleagues in the letter. “There is no effective treatment, no means of prevention, and no method for slowing the progression of the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease in the year 2013. This number is expected to almost triple to 14 million by the year 2050.”
The full text of the letter can be viewed online here.
The House Appropriations Committee has yet to schedule its consideration of the Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations bill for FY 2017.
“I call on my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to provide a $500 million increase in Alzheimer’s research in FY 2017 and allow NIH to make significant progress in the battle to end this disease,” said Congresswoman Waters.
Congresswoman Waters has been a leader in efforts to fight Alzheimer’s in Congress and in her congressional district. On May 22, 2016, she served as a featured speaker at “Brain Health Throughout Life,” an Alzheimer’s Community Forum in Inglewood, CA, presented by ACTS Caregiver Support Group and Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles. The Congresswoman was joined by Dr. Keith L. Black, leading researcher, founder, and chair of Cedars-Sinai Hospital’s Neurosurgery Department.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters with famed neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black and representatives from Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, the Alzheimer’s Association, and ACTS Caregiver Support Group at the “Brain Health Throughout Life” Community Forum held in Inglewood, CA on May 22, 2016.