Congresswoman DeLauro has made it her life’s mission to help the most vulnerable and least among us, and that extends to her support for global health research and development. As ranking member of the House Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, Congresswoman DeLauro has been a passionate champion for medical research and health preparedness funding. When the Administration proposed deep cuts to key accounts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health, including the elimination of the Fogarty International Center, the Congresswoman forcefully and successfully pushed back. Likewise, when the Ebola and Zika crises struck in 2014 and 2015 respectively, the Congresswoman was among the most vocal members of Congress championing urgent action and new funding to respond to these crises and accelerate product development.
For Congresswoman DeLauro, her work to advance health research is personal. As an ovarian cancer survivor, she understands acutely how medical breakthroughs advanced by the US government impact individuals, families, and communities worldwide. “Biomedical research is one of the most important investments we can make as a nation,” she has emphasized. “It gives the gift of life.”
We cannot ignore the suffering of those beyond our border or pretend their fortunes are somehow separate from our own. Global health must be an American priority.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
Congressional Champion Honoree