For Immediate Release
Washington D.C. (November 29, 2012) – Traditional Values Coalition president Andrea Lafferty issued the following statement regarding (NIHCD) National Institute of Child and Human Development’s testimony today at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the costs of treating autism and response of the federal government:
"If Congress is going to avert the fiscal cliff there must be significant spending cuts without holding core services or essential research hostage to political pet projects.
"National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins has threatened that every category of NIH research will ‘get a haircut’ if sequestration takes effect.
“NIH does not need to cut a little bit off the top of everything. NIH needs to cut out the wasteful and bizarre spending that is siphoning off critical research dollars to questionable and politically-driven grants instead of going to autism research.
“Congress must ensure that NIH (and for that matter, all agencies and departments) does not employ political tactics to scare Americans. We have been through this drill before. Bureaucrats and political operatives will claim they have to shut down national monuments or parks to meet the budget. Dr Collins is essentially claiming he will have to cut cancer research.
"Congress must force NIH/NICHD to address their unbalanced priorities.
"We don't need to cut research to autism or to cancer patients. We need to cut wacky spending. Congressional leaders have a duty and responsibility in these critical times to make this point abundantly clear."
EXAMPLES OF WHERE NICHD PET PROJECTS HAVE COST AUTISM RESEARCH FUNDING
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