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Throughout my entire time in Congress, I have been a strong supporter of scientific and medical research. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I’m proud of the work my committee has done to invest in life-saving medical research by increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In Houston, we are blessed to have the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world, which is at the forefront of advancements to treat and cure rare diseases. Texas has the best doctors and scientists in the world, and I believe strong government investment will lead to breakthroughs in Houston that will benefit Americans and people across the world.


I’m proud that the 2018 omnibus spending bill provides an additional $3 billion for NIH, the largest increase ever. This brings total NIH funding for 2018 to $37 billion. This brings total NIH funding for 2018 to $37 billion. I have fought for increased research funding for diseases, and in 20198, Congress approved an additional $414 million for Alzheimer's disease research, as well as $100 million to develop a universal flu vaccine. We also invested $1.63 billion for Community Health Centers and $1.97 billion for diabetes research.

Additionally, we provided nearly $4 billion in funds to help address the terrible opioid epidemic. This includes an additional $300 million for state and local law enforcement programs to address the crisis and $1.7 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

I have always been a strong supporter Community Health Centers, which received a two-year funding extension in 2018, as well as the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which received an unprecedented 10-year extension in 2017. I also worked to prevent the cut in funding to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospitals, which benefits many Houstonians. I am proud to support the science and health community, and I will continue to fight for medical and scientific research funding.

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