June 19, 2020
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), today congratulated the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for achieving the National Cancer Institute’s highest rating.
“Every time I visit Siteman Cancer Center I am amazed by the cutting edge research that is underway and what it will mean for the future of health care delivery in this country,” said Blunt. “We are on the cusp of new medical breakthroughs that will give hope to millions of Americans facing a cancer diagnosis or other chronic disease. Now is the time to maintain a strong federal commitment to medical research and that will continue to be one of my top priorities. I’m proud that Siteman Cancer Center is not only providing some of the best care available in the country, but also leading the way on the future of cancer treatment.”
As Labor/HHS chairman, Blunt has worked to secure five consecutive increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The most recent appropriations bill, which was signed into law in December 2019, included a $2.6 billion increase for NIH, bringing the five-year total increase to $11.6 billion, or more than 38%, under Blunt’s subcommittee chairmanship. NIH funding increases have been achieved, in part, by eliminating more than 30 ineffective or duplicative programs. According to a report by United for Medical Research, NIH research funding generated nearly $1.6 billion in new economic activity and supported 9,149 Missouri jobs in FY2019.