Sarbanes, Maryland Lawmakers Urge Congressional Appropriators to Boost Funding for NIH

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), in calling on Senate and House appropriators to follow the recommendations laid out in a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences that calls for $1.3 billion – $700 million urgently – to upgrade older facilities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda campus.

“The results of the report indicate that 72 percent of facilities at NIH are more than 20 years old and most buildings fall under a ‘condition index’ of poor. In addition, the report found instances of building system failures that place heightened risk to research and patient care and undermine the very mission of the NIH,” the lawmakers wrote. “In order to ensure that NIH has the ability to conduct its mission … it is critical that the NIH’s Bethesda campus receive additional funding to address the backlog of maintenance and repair needs.”