The 2017 federal budget remains in limbo due to the Continuing Resolution (CR) that runs through April 28. The U.S. House of Representatives is trying to pass a defense spending bill that may include additional amendments to fund other parts of the federal budget. But there remains significant concern that some or all federal agencies may be subjected to a full-year CR that would freeze spending at 2016 levels. At stake for our community are all the dementia care, services, and research funding increases planned by House and Senate appropriations committees last spring, including as much as a 40% boost in dementia research.
Action Opportunity: Stakeholder organizations are encouraged to mobilize your members and constituents to call their U.S. Senators and Representatives (through the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121) with a simple message: “Pass the 2017 federal budget this April with all the planned funding for Alzheimer’s research, care, and support.” Calls can begin now but the LEAD Coalition would like to concentrate calls during a targeted “Week of Action” from March 20-24.