Diseases and Medical Research

I am a strong supporter of medical research.   Chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease affect 1 out of every 2 adults and kill nearly 2 million Americans every year.   Funding through the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Defense provides the possibility of medical breakthroughs in the detection, treatment and ultimately cures for diseases that are creating so many hardships for individuals and families – and that cost our nation enormously in high medical costs and lost productivity. 

I have joined with my colleagues to urge that we provide at least $32 billion in funding for NIH in FY2013, which will give us the opportunity to continue research into diseases from Alzheimers and AIDS to vision care and women’s health.

 

More on Diseases and Medical Research

May 4, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, led 87 of her colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma asking them to allocate a portion of the $25 billion in funding for COVID-19 testing provided by Congress as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (the Act) to enhance diagnostic testing at long-term care

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, today spoke on the House Floor in support of, and voted to pass, H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. She also voted to create a Select Subcommittee on Oversight of the Coronavirus Crisis. She issued the following statement after passage of the legislation today:

April 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Energy & Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chair Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) held a press call to outline key principles to ensure any COVID-19 drug will be accessible and affordable for all people.

April 6, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL - Today, Congresswoman Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02), and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-01) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging the agency to prioritize science and public health by waiving the restrictions on research with human fetal tissue, which are preventing federally-funded scientists from advancing important studies to potentially prevent, treat, or cure the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

April 1, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congressman Mark Pocan, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, introduced the Protecting Cures Act of 2020 (H.R. 6417). As the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, patients are relying on the United States to quickly, safely, and accurately test all possible treatments and vaccines.

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