Federal budget cuts may jeopardize breakthroughs


Significant spending cuts – known as sequestration – have gone into effect because President Obama and Congress failed to reach an agreement to preserve funding for life-saving research and other programs. The National Institutes of Health, which provides Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center with more than 70 percent of its funding, will see its budget reduced by 5.1 percent. 

This will result in a serious and potentially deep impact to our ongoing cancer research.

See our leadership's responses in the media about the upcoming spending reductions:

Hutch, other interest groups descend on D.C. to lobby on sequestration cuts
The Seattle Times, Mar. 24, 2013
The president of Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is among a host of advocates who are buttonholing lawmakers to protest automatic federal spending cuts.

Washington medical research institutions call on Congress to prevent sequestration cuts
FHCRC.org, Feb. 28, 2013
A joint news release from Fred Hutch, Seattle Children's Research Institute, and the Institute for Systems Biology calling on Congress to avoid sequestration.

The impact of sequestration on cancer research
Q13 Fox News Seattle, Feb. 27, 2013
Dr. Larry Corey speaks about the federal budget cuts will affect potential cancer research breakthroughs and patients in clinical trials. "The federal budget gets put on hold, but cancer doesn't get put on hold," he said.

The sequester could have a devastating impact on scientific research, too
PRI’s “The Takeaway”, Feb. 25, 2013
The Takeaway, a live radio show co-produced by Public Radio International and WNYC Radio in collaboration with New York Times Radio and WGBH Boston, interviewed Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Larry Corey about the potential impact of sequestration on cancer research. “There’s both great frustration and great concern. … Science doesn’t stand still. Cancer cells don’t stand still,” he said.

Local cancer research could get hit hard by federal spending cuts
KING-TV, Feb. 22, 2013
Interview with President and Director Dr. Larry Corey and immunotherapy researcher Dr. Stan Riddell of Clinical Research, whose grant funding could be significantly impacted.

Sequestration would hammer local biomedical research
The Seattle Times, Feb. 22, 2013
In this opinion piece from The Seattle Times, Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Larry Corey is quoted on potential effect of budget cuts on cancer research. "Sequestration could set us back years in genomics and personalized medicine,” he said.

How can you get involved?

Armed with information on the long-term ramifications of sequestration, you can share what you know with others in the community or you may choose to reach out to elected officials and voice your concerns.

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