Senator Feinstein Responds to my Request to Support the National Alzheimer’s Project

Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for the National Alzheimer’s Project.  I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

Like you, I am deeply concerned for the millions of Americans who live with Alzheimer’s, which can have devastating effects on individuals and their families.  I understand that you would like me to support $100 million for Alzheimer’s research and related activities in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Congressional appropriations process.

I supported passage of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (Public Law 111-375), and President Obama signed this Act into law on January 4, 2011. As you know, the law requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create a national plan to address Alzheimer’s disease and also establishes an Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Care and Services that will coordinate Federal agencies conducting Alzheimer’s-related care, services, and research.  The Advisory Council will issue the final National Alzheimer’s Plan focusing on the Nation’s progress I n fighting this terrible disease; the plan is expected to be released to Congress in the coming months.

On February 13, 2012, President Obama released his FY 2013 Budget proposal, which included $100 million for Alzheimer’s research, education, and outreach.  Please know that as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have carefully noted your comments and will keep them in mind as the FY 2013 appropriations process proceeds.  I have supported biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and through the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, and I recently joined many of my colleagues in sending a letter to the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee asking for a strong commitment to funding for the NIH in Fiscal Year 2013.

Again, thank you for writing.  If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.  Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

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