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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2015
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

NAEVR COMMENDS HOUSE FOR PASSING 21ST CENTURY CURES LEGISLATION WITH NEW INNOVATION FUND

(Washington, D.C.) Following up on its May 21 letter of support to the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee’s leadership for H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, today the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) commended the House for its overwhelming passage of the bill. NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the community of support for vision research, NAEVR thanks the 344 bipartisan Members supporting the bill-170 Republicans and 174 Democrats-for approving $8.75 billion over five years in mandatory funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the creation of a new Innovation Fund, and authorizing increased funding levels for the NIH by $1.5 billion per-year for the next three Fiscal Years. The Innovation Fund has as one of its priorities the support of early-stage investigators who represent the future of vision research.

In particular, NAEVR commends the steadfast leadership of E&C Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), full committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., (D-NJ), and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX) in developing and championing this bill through the legislative process.

NAEVR also thanks the vision researchers who sent email letters to their Members urging support for H.R. 6 and requesting that they oppose any efforts to change the mandatory nature of the funding for the new Innovation Fund.

NAEVR will work with its medical research colleagues to support a similar measure in the Senate, led by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee."

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. Visit the Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.