November 19, 2019
WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, discussed the negative impact that Democrats’ obstruction of the appropriations process has on vital government-funded programs, including medical research.
Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:
“Well throughout the government, without the appropriations coming to a conclusion, lots of things are on hold. On the health research front, we made substantial progress there in the last few years, but we need to make more. There are lots of reasons to do that. Alzheimer’s and dementia would be a great example of an area where individuals suffer, families suffer, the economy suffers.
“NIH, the National Institutes of Health, was asked a handful of years ago to do a projection on what would happen with Alzheimer’s if something didn’t change. And that projection was that by 2050, we’d be spending $1.1 trillion of today’s dollars on Alzheimer’s and dementia, tax dollars. That would be the tax dollar cost of Alzheimer’s and dementia, we’re about a fifth of the way there already.
“The one percent of that amount that we put into research, isn’t nearly as effective if you get it three months into the year as it would be if you got it at the first of the year. It’s even less effective if you get it five months into the year.
“Defense is critical, but there are lots of other things in this appropriations process that are waiting to see if we’re going to fund the government and at what level we’re going to fund the government, and whether we’re going to move toward the future or just wait for the future come to us.”