to cut or eliminate funding to federal agencies that lead and fund vital lupus
research are close to becoming a reality. As Congress grapples with how
to reduce our nation’s deficit, there is a lot at stake for people with lupus
and their families. Sequestration, or the automatic 8.2 percent
across-the-board spending cuts to federal programs, will become effective January
2, 2013 unless Congress takes action.
For lupus research to advance, we need your voice! Major cuts to
the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other funding
agencies would decimate lupus research.
Take action today! Contact Congress and
tell them they must continue funding life saving lupus research. The NIH,
the CDC, the FDA among others are critical for advancing lupus research, developing
and approving new treatments, and supporting people with lupus and their
For example, the NIH estimates that
with sequestration, funding for approximately 2300 biomedical research
grants-nearly one quarter of new grants-will be lost. Labs will shut
down, scientists will be laid off, and local businesses that support research
centers will close. These medical centers are located at colleges and
universities located in your state and perhaps your city. The result…progress
on promising new treatments for diseases such as lupus will grind to a
2012 election cycle is in high gear. The good news: both the Republican and
demonstrate a support for federal investment in biomedical research.
Congress is back in Washington for a few short weeks, and now is the
take action. E-mail
your Members of Congress today and educate them on the importance of
funding lupus research otherwise lupus programs will suffer significantly,
delaying progress in lupus research and hindering efforts to develop new
treatments. Thank you.