Durbin: Don’t Cut Medical Research

WASHINGTON (WBBM) — U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin is urging voters to write letters to their congressmen and tell them to leave the funding for medical research alone.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports, Durbin says newly elected lawmakers originally intended to take $60 billion out of President Obama’s budget, and it seems they could have done so without cuts on medical research.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Michelle Fiore Reports

But then, Republican lawmakers decided to cut even more.

“Unfortunately, the cuts became, I think, totally unreasonable when they tried to reach their $100 billion goal,” Durbin said. “I think at the end of the day, they are not only going to fail to reduce our deficit, they are going to at least limit – if not cripple – our economy in some areas, and it will be harder for us to get out of this recession.”

Durbin says it’s next to impossible to reduce federal funding of the National Institutes of Health without compromising the quality of medical research on cancer and AIDS.


    I agree lets start reducing the wages, benefits and pensions of government fat cats so we can continue budgeting money to research. You should be part of social security just like the rest of the Americans. Why should senators end up with million dollar pensions? Example for one senator $175,000 or more a year, 25 years of retirement or more equals 4,375,000 needed for your retirement. This does not count other benefits you receive. When people are starving and children do not have a good education you are becoming a large fat cat. Why? The end result would be best for society and good for the children. Let’s get back when it was an honor to be a senator and not a position to be become a millionaire at the expense of the tax payer.

  • southside

    Durbin doesn’t get it. He was one of the lead guys in voting for all of the spending that got us into this mess, and he offers up no solutions out of it, other than the traditioanl class warfare nonsense about taxing more people.

    Write Sen Durbin and tell him to stop the spending.

  • Isotope

    Southside; you got any clue how many research JOBS there are in Chicago? So your solution is to take funding away from Northwestern, Rush, and the Illinois Medical District. Brilliant. Fantastic plan, lets REDUCE the number of local jobs.

    Why didn’t you write Dubya and tell him that he was spending too much on bombs to blow up Iraqi civiliians?

    Why is it you conservatives can’t figure out basic logic? Is it from watching too much Faux News?

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