The text below is from a June 17 email from the Alzheimers’s Association:

Today, the chairman of the House Labor, Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee took an historic step by proposing a $300 million increase for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If this increase becomes law, it will be the largest annual increase EVER in federal Alzheimer’s research funding.

This development would not have occurred without the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) and advocates like you. Thank you!

From the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in March when over 1,000 advocates from all 50 states went to Capitol Hill to ask for a $300 million increase for Alzheimer’s research activities, to the Association being selected to testify before members of this same subcommittee this spring, advocates from the Alzheimer’s Association and AIM have driven these developments. Your call for a $300 million increase for Alzheimer’s research activities was heard loud and clear.

This very exciting development is a critical step in a year long appropriations process. This funding increase will not actually occur until it is included in a bill passed by Congress and signed into law. For the last two years this has happened near the end of the calendar year.

The appropriations process is not a sprint; it’s a marathon, and we are committed to continuing to call for the robust funding needed to change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease. We expect more important developments in the House and Senate in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on your inbox. We will keep you posted on this historic legislation as it moves through the process and again, thanks for all you do to ensure that Alzheimer’s is a national priority.

Continuing the process week later, the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s research.

To learn more about the work of the Alzheimer’s Association, go online to http://www.alz.org/cnfl/ or call 1-800-272-3900.