Back in March 2020, the Lupus Research Alliance and advocates across the country told Congress why more funding for lupus research is so important! We’ve done it before, and the phone calls and emails you made then helped make sure that we did it again.
After much back and forth, Congress came to an agreement on the stimulus deal and the Omnibus year-end spending deal for Fiscal Year 2021. With all the discussion, the need to fund research for lupus and other medical conditions has remained clear. Sunday night, President Trump signed the Omnibus bill into law.
The bill provides $10 million for the Lupus Research Program at the U.S. Department of Defense – exactly what LRA advocates requested at our virtual Hill day in March. The same federal spending bill provides a boost to the National Institutes of Health, bringing that total budget to $ for biomedical research. The Bill also grants our request for additional funding to allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help the pharmaceutical industry innovate and develop new treatments — and hopefully one day a cure — for diseases like lupus.