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You Spoke, Congress Acted – And We Keep Doing It Every Year!

2021 Advocate for Lupus Research Day was a testament to how much lupus advocates can accomplish from home.

Most notably, your advocacy has helped establish and maintain the Lupus Research Program (LRP) within the Department of Defense. The LRP began with an initial budget appropriation of $5 million and continued to receive that amount for three years. Our request to Congress to double the allocation to $10 million was then granted for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Congress is still debating the budget for fiscal year 2022, and we hope to continue building on past success with another robust increase.

Other successes included a significant increase in the National Institutes of Health budget for biomedical research, and additional funding to allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration help the pharmaceutical industry develop new treatments — and hopefully one day a cure — for diseases like lupus.

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