U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin -
The Next Generation Research Act
In order to build long-term economic growth, we need to make a strong commitment to
supporng research, innovaon, science, and technology. Wisconsin has a proud tradion in theseelds. From discovering how Vitamin D can best be absorbed, to unlocking the potenal of stemcells, to developing a more eecve cancer radiaon therapy, our sciensts have produced break
throughs that save lives and create jobs. Groundbreaking research supported by
Naonal Instutes of Health (NIH) alone adds more than $800 million per year to our state’seconomy.
Unfortunately, current policies are pung the brakes on research and innovaon at a me whenwe need to be stepping on the accelerator. Over the past ten years, the purchasing power of theNIH has decreased 22 percent while our global competors have ramped up their own researchcapabilies. This year, Sequestraon cuts will slash $1.5 billion from the NIH budget.These destrucve policies are parcularly devastang for our naon’s young researchers. WhenSenator Baldwin met with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, he cauoned that “we are pung anenre generaon of sciensts at risk.” Without acon, talented young sciensts may decide to dosomething else, or leave the country to pursue their research. As is, the average age of a rst-meNIH grant recipient is 42 years old—up from 36 in 1980. The best and brightest scienc mindsneed to know that our country stands with them. Congress must send that message.Senator Tammy Baldwin supports a budget that would prevent harmful Sequestraon cuts to theNIH and Wisconsin’s research instuons. The Senate’s budget approach provides for up to $8billion more in NIH research investments than the approach taken by the House of Representaves.Soon, Senator Baldwin will introduce
the Next Generaon Research Act
to demonstrate a com-
mitment to our naon’s young sciensts. This legislaon will coordinate eorts within the NIH toimprove opportunies for our next generaon of researchers.
When the Senate re-convenes, Senator Baldwin will introduce
The Next Generaon Research Act
to demonstrate her commitment to our naon’s young sciensts andcoordinate eorts within the NIH to improve opportunies for our next generaon of researchers.