Durbin Marks Critical Win In Fight For Increased Medical Research Funding In Defense Authorization

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), vice chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement on the National Defense Authorization Act conference report, which removed four provisions which posed a direct threat to the Pentagon’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program:

There comes a point in your life where you get a diagnosis—or news about someone you love—and all you can do is hope and pray that someone, somewhere has done important medical research that resulted in the development of a drug, or a procedure, or a device that gives your loved one a chance for life. That’s why I’m committed to increasing vital military medical research for our service members in my committee.

This is fantastic news for our military, their families, university researchers, medical advocates, and the bipartisan coalition in Congress that supports these life-saving programs.