The following letter was released to the Joint Select Committee and other Members of Congress the morning before the October 26th public hearing to identify specific cuts to the federal budget. The bipartisan "supercommittee" is charged with identifying over $1.5 trillion in waste in the budget.
Dear Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (JSC):
Our nation is broke!
If Congress is truly looking for ways to cut billions of dollars from the federal budget, they must include the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Traditional Values Coalition has identified in a brief search over half a billion dollars in wasteful spending at NIH. Here is a sample of what we have released so far, but there is much more:
While the Chinese government holds $1.137 trillion of our national debt (as of August 2011), the federal government through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continues to subsidize and aid the Chinese government with grants that many Americans would find misplaced, and in a few cases, highly objectionable:
Yet after months of investigations and press reports, the NIH continues to ignore and refuses to reform these alarming irregularities regarding its funding of specific research done in the name of science -- research that is truly worrisome to the American taxpayer and offensive to many American families.
Not only does this “research” impress many as wasteful, in some instances there is a gross concern that it violates the spirit of both the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46) and the Helsinki Accords with regards to human rights and the violation of ethical norms.
Traditional Values Coalition believes that economic security is a moral issue. We must protect future generations. To that end, NO department or government or agency should be considered a sacred cow in this process. Members of Congress need to be fully aware of the waste and abuse of taxpayer funds being conducted by the National Institutes of Health.
If Congress is looking for areas in the federal budget where there is fat, Traditional Values Coalition readily points towards the half billion in waste already identified in the NIH budget -- which is just the tip of this iceberg.
Traditional Values Coalition
cc: Members of Congress