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Meng Gets $8M for Cancer Research in Defense Dept. Appropriations Bill

Jun 29, 2016
In The News

An amendment introduced by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) securing an additional $8 million for cancer research was passed last week.

The amendment provides funding for the Defense Department’s Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program. The congresswo­man’s amendment was attached to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017.

The multimillion dollar increase in research funding will be used to combat bladder, brain, colorectal, liver, pancreatic and stomach cancers, as well as lymphoma, melanoma and other skin cancers, mesothelioma, and cancer in children, adolescents and young adults.

“I’m pleased that the House of Representatives unanimously agreed to allocate additional federal dollars to combat diseases that kill millions of Americans every year,” Meng said. “Too many lives are lost far too early, and it is my hope that this funding will contribute to finding a cure for these horrific cancers. We all know someone whose life has been touched by a cancer victim or cancer survivor. I hope that one day Americans will not have to know that pain.”