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JDRF Washington Report
Vol. 6, Number 22
September 11, 2003


NIH Funding Amendment Falls Short in Senate -
Although Efforts Led to Support of Majority of Senators

Last night, the Specter/Harkin/Feinstein amendment to provide an additional
$1.5 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health fell short of
the 60 votes needed to pass.  Usually, an amendment can pass with 51 votes,
but this amendment - because of how it was to be paid for - required 60
votes to pass. A last minute change in the amendment, that modified how the
amendment would be paid for, prompted a number of Democratic Members on the
Budget Committee and a number of Republicans, who were leaning in favor of
the original amendment, to oppose the new version.  The result was a vote of
52 in favor of the amendment to 43 opposed, short of the 60 votes needed for
it to be passed.

Select Members from the House and Senate will meet in the next few weeks to
work out the differences between their versions of the bill.  We are working
with the health and patient advocacy community to determine what next steps
we will be taking to ensure the best possible outcome this year for NIH
funding.  We will let you know of any opportunities where you can help us
again.

All of us in JDRF GR would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the
incredible volunteers who have worked so hard on this effort to increase
funds for the NIH.  Over the past year, our grassroots network generated
thousands of calls and faxed letters; staff, volunteers and our Children's
Congress Delegates held hundreds of meetings with their Members of Congress;
and just recently, over 2,500 e-mails were sent to Senate offices by our
grassroots in only three days!  All of the contacts had an impact, as many
of the offices have told us that they were well aware of JDRF's strong
support for increased funds for the NIH.

Below is a list of all the Senators who voted IN FAVOR of the amendment.
We ask that you call them, using the talking points that follow, and thank
them for their support.

Alabama - Senator Richard C. Shelby (Republican)   (202) 224-5744
Alaska - Senator Lisa Murkowski (Republican)   (202) 224-6665
Alaska - Senator Ted Stevens (Republican)   (202) 224-3004
Arkansas - Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln (Democrat)   (202) 224-4843
California - Senator Barbara Boxer (Democrat)   (202) 224-3553
California - Senator Dianne Feinstein (Democrat)   (202) 224-3841
Colorado - Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Republican)   (202) 224-5852
Delaware - Senator Joseph R.Biden (Democrat)   (202) 224-5042
Florida - Senator Bill Nelson (Democrat)   (202) 224-5274
Georgia - Senator Zell Miller (Democrat)   (202) 224-3643
Hawaii - Senator Daniel K.Akaka (Democrat)   (202) 224-6361
Hawaii - Senator Daniel K. Inouye (Democrat)   (202) 224-3934
Illinois - Senator Richard J. Durbin (Democrat)   (202) 224-2152
Iowa - Senator Tom Harkin (Democrat)   (202) 224-3254
Kansas - Senator Sam Brownback (Republican)   (202) 224-6521
Kansas - Senator Pat Roberts (Republican)   (202) 224-4774
Louisiana - Senator Mary L. Landrieu (Democrat)   (202) 224-5824
Maine - Senator Susan M. Collins (Republican)   (202) 224-2523
Maine - Senator Olympia J. Snowe (Republican)   (202) 224-5344
Maryland - Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (Democrat)   (202) 224-4654
Maryland - Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (Democrat)   (202) 224-4524
Massachusetts - Senator Edward M. Kennedy (Democrat)   (202) 224-4543
Michigan - Senator Carl Levin (Democrat)   (202) 224-6221
Michigan - Senator Debbie Stabenow (Democrat)   (202) 224-4822
Minnesota - Senator Norm Coleman (Republican)   (202) 224-5641
Minnesota - Senator Mark Dayton (Democrat)   (202) 224-3244
Nebraska - Senator Ben Nelson (Democrat)   (202) 224-6551
Nevada - Senator Harry Reid (Democrat)   (202) 224-3542
New Jersey - Senator Jon S. Corzine (Democrat)   (202) 224-4744
New Jersey - Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (Democrat)   (202) 224-3224
New Mexico - Senator Pete V. Domenici (Republican)   (202) 224-6621
New York - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democrat)   (202) 224-4451
New York - Senator Charles E. Schumer (Democrat)   (202) 224-6542
North Carolina - Senator Elizabeth H. Dole (Republican)   (202) 224-6342
North Dakota - Senator Byron L. Dorgan (Democrat)   (202) 224-2551
Ohio - Senator Mike DeWine (Republican)   (202) 224-2315
Oregon - Senator Ron Wyden (Democrat)   (202) 224-5244
Pennsylvania - Senator Arlen Specter (Republican)   (202) 224-4254
Rhode Island - Senator Jack Reed (Democrat)   (202) 224-4642
South Carolina - Senator Ernest F. Hollings (Democrat)   (202) 224-6121
South Dakota - Senator Tom Daschle (Democrat)   (202) 224-2321
South Dakota - Senator Tim Johnson (Democrat)   (202) 224-5842
Texas - Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (Republican)   (202) 224-5922
Utah - Senator Robert F.Bennett (Republican)   (202) 224-5444
Utah - Senator Orrin G.Hatch (Republican)   (202) 224-5251
Vermont - Senator James M.Jeffords (Independent)   (202) 224-5141
Vermont - Senator Patrick J. Leahy (Democrat)   (202) 224-4242
Washington - Senator Maria Cantwell (Democrat)   (202) 224-3441
Washington - Senator Patty Murray (Democrat)   (202) 224-2621
West Virginia - Senator John D. Rockefeller (Democrat)   (202) 224-6472
Wisconsin - Senator Russell D.Feingold (Democrat)   (202) 224-5323
Wisconsin - Senator Herb Kohl (Democrat)   (202) 224-5653


Talking Points for Senators Who SUPPORTED the Amendment
Note:  When you call, ask for the health aide and if the aide is not there,
leave a message.

7 As a constituent, I am calling to thank Senator ___ for supporting the
Specter/Harkin/Feinstein amendment, which would have increased funds for the
National Institutes of Health.
7 Explain your personal connection to juvenile diabetes.
7 I am pleased that the Senator recognizes the importance of medical
research and urge him/her to continue to push for increased funds for the
NIH in conference.



Below is also a list of all the Senators who OPPOSED the amendment.  We ask
that you call them, using the points below, and express your disappointment
with their vote against increased funds for the NIH.

Alabama - Senator Jeff Sessions (Republican)    (202) 224-4124
Arizona - Senator Jon Kyl (Republican)   (202) 224-4521
Arizona - Senator John McCain (Republican)   (202) 224-2235
Arkansas - Senator Mark Pryor (Democrat)   (202) 224-2353
Colorado - Senator Wayne Allard (Republican)   (202) 224-5941
Connecticut - Senator Christopher J. Dodd (Democrat)   (202) 224-2823
Delaware - Senator Thomas R.Carper (Democrat)   (202) 224-2441
Georgia - Senator Saxby Chambliss (Republican)   (202) 224-3521
Idaho - Senator Larry E. Craig (Republican)   (202) 224-2752
Idaho - Senator Michael D. Crapo (Republican)   (202) 224-6142
Illinois - Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald (Republican)   (202) 224-2854
Indiana - Senator Evan Bayh (Democrat)   (202) 224-5623
Indiana - Senator Richard G. Lugar (Republican)   (202) 224-4814
Iowa - Senator Charles E. Grassley (Republican)   (202) 224-3744
Kentucky - Senator Jim Bunning (Republican)   (202) 224-4343
Kentucky - Senator Mitch McConnell (Republican)   (202) 224-2541
Louisiana - Senator John B. Breaux (Democrat)   (202) 224-4623
Mississippi - Senator Thad Cochran (Republican)   (202) 224-5054
Mississippi - Senator Trent Lott (Republican)   (202) 224-6253
Missouri - Senator Christopher "Kit"Bond (Republican)   (202) 224-5721
Missouri - Senator James M. Talent (Republican)   (202) 224-6154
Montana - Senator Max Baucus (Democrat)   (202) 224-2651
Montana - Senator Conrad Burns (Republican)   (202) 224-2644
Nebraska - Senator Chuck Hagel (Republican)   (202) 224-4224
Nevada - Senator John Ensign (Republican)   (202) 224-6244
New Hampshire - Senator Judd Gregg (Republican)   (202) 224-3324
New Hampshire - Senator John E. Sununu (Republican)   (202) 224-2841
New Mexico - Senator Jeff Bingaman (Democrat)   (202) 224-5521
North Dakota - Senator Kent Conrad (Democrat)   (202) 224-2043
Ohio - Senator George V. Voinovich (Republican)   (202) 224-3353
Oklahoma - Senator James M. Inhofe (Republican)   (202) 224-4721
Oklahoma - Senator Don Nickles (Republican)   (202) 224-5754
Pennsylvania - Senator Rick Santorum (Republican)   (202) 224-6324
Rhode Island - Senator Lincoln D. Chafee (Republican)   (202) 224-2921
South Carolina - Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican)   (202) 224-5972
Tennessee - Senator Lamar Alexander (Republican)   (202) 224-4944
Tennessee - Senator Bill Frist (Republican)   (202) 224-3344
Texas- Senator John Cornyn (Republican)   (202) 224-2934
Virginia - Senator George Allen (Republican)   (202) 224-4024
Virginia - Senator John Warner (Republican)   (202) 224-2023
West Virginia - Senator Robert C.Byrd (Democrat)   (202) 224-3954
Wyoming - Senator Michael B.Enzi (Republican)   (202) 224-3424
Wyoming - Senator Craig Thomas (Republican)   (202) 224-6441


Talking Points for Senators Who OPPOSED the Amendment:
Note:  When you call, ask for the health aide and if the aide is not there,
leave a message.

7 As a constituent, I am calling express my disappointment with Senator ___
and his vote against the Specter/Harkin/Feinstein amendment, which would
have increased funds for the National Institutes of Health.
7 Explain your personal connection to juvenile diabetes.
7 If the NIH is funded at the levels that have been approved by the House
and Senate thus far, the NIH will only be allowed to fund about one new
grant per Institute.  This will not help researchers to explore new and
innovative ways to develop new treatments and possible cures.
7 I sincerely hope that the Senator will reconsider his position and work
for an increase in funds for the NIH in conference.

The four Democratic Presidential candidates - Senators Lieberman (CT), Kerry
(MA), Edwards (NC) and Graham (FL) - who indicated their support for the
earlier amendment were unable to vote due to campaign obligations.  Senator
Smith(R-OR) was also not in Washington for the vote.
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