While I agree more is needed in the medical field, does it really belong as part of an economic stimulus bill?
Maybe I should shutup and take it however it comes but I would rather have seen it as it's own bill.
Do you expect this bill to stimulate the economy? Then it's in the governnment's best interest to actually keep the stimulus parts of the bill in the bill instead of passing it down the line for another day. You can only downsize, trim, and remove the stimulus portions of the stimulus bill before it won't do much stimulating. Leaving it for later isn't really stimulating. Funding the NIH is economic stimulus. It invests in the immediate future in the jobs creation and it's a giant investment in the future of the country. It IS stimulation. It's like saying the stimulus bill would be more palatable without so much stimulus in it.
Life Sciences research and Medicine are two different things with only a few overlaps in the clinical trials setting. Step into a research lab and your nearest patients are still on the other side of the city in the hospital. The fields are coming much closer lately, particularly with rational drug design and custom therapies, but there's still a HUGE gap there.
It was better to get it through now than later when the Repubs will fight it out of general principle and it won't get as much support because:
1) The D.C. Repubs feel education spending is a waste of money. No really, look at the history of house and senate votes. This mentality boggles the mind.
2) This stimulus bill will be brought up and used as a rallying point by every last D.C. Repubs when they debate and oppose ANY piece of legislation that spends even a penny (unless we're spending it to kill people in the Middle East), including any money for research, which they feel is a waste of spending anyway.
LATE EDIT: Wait. I said it was more than the EU, CIHR, and WHO.. I was wrong. What I meant to say it that it's more than the EU, CIHR, and WHO combined
. Sorry for the mistake.