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Last Updated:Sunday 10 February 2013, 14:49

Response from Congressman John Lewis

Dear Mr. Walker:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for increasing federal funding for health research and disease prevention programs. My heart goes out to all who suffer from chronic illnesses and debilitating medical conditions. I firmly believe the government has a moral obligation to stand by our courageous brothers and sisters by caring for them and promoting medical advancements that will fight and cure disease.

 

I have always been a strong and vocal supporter of full funding for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which I'm proud to say is headquartered in Georgia's fifth district. Research done by these institutions is vital to the health of all Americans. A firm commitment to the NIH and CDC is a commitment to treating, curing, and preventing the most debilitating medical conditions of our time.

 

Stem Cell research is another area in which I believe we can make great progress in combating serious illnesses. As you know, a vast majority of experts believe that embryonic stem cells are the best hope of curing a host of complex diseases. I am a strong supporter of ethical stem cell research and the role that it can play in the advancement of health and medical research. We must provide doctors and patients with the most advanced research to fight these terrible diseases.

 

I will continue to fight for better treatment and care for patients with serious medical ailments. A strong government commitment to the best medical research represents our best hope for curing - among other things - cancer, diabetes, and AIDS. Thank you again for contacting me about this incredibly important issue. I hope that you will continue to share your views with me. Also, please visit my web site at  http://www.house.gov/johnlewis/ for information on other issues of interest to you.


Sincerely,

John  Lewis
Member of Congress

 


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