Thanks to the efforts of Arthritis Foundation Advocates, an amendment that could cut vital arthritis research in the Senate Defense Authorization bill will not go to the floor of the Senate for a vote! Over 58 letters and phone calls were made to senators last week by Arthritis Foundation Advocates to preserve the research program. Last week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act asking that all research not directly related to deployment, combat, recovery and rehabilitation be defunded. The amendment could have cut some of the arthritis research currently being conducted by the Department of Defense, and made researchers more cautious in the type of research they pursue. Even research that gets funded would have had to go through extra hoops to ensure it is related to specific military functions.
In addition, the Arthritis Foundation joined a letter to the senators, along with 65 other patient organizations, opposing the amendment. Thank you to all Advocates and Ambassadors who took action on this victory!