Meng gets $8M for cancer research in Defense Dept. appropriations bill

Congresswoman Grace Meng was able to get $8 million for cancer research as part of the Defense Department’s appropriations bill.
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An amendment introduced by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) securing an additional $8 million for cancer research was passed last week.

The amendment provides funding for the Defense Department’s Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program. The congresswo­man’s amendment was attached to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017.

The multimillion dollar increase in research funding will be used to combat bladder, brain, colorectal, liver, pancreatic and stomach cancers, as well as lymphoma, melanoma and other skin cancers, mesothelioma, and cancer in children, adolescents and young adults.

“I’m pleased that the House of Representatives unanimously agreed to allocate additional federal dollars to combat diseases that kill millions of Americans every year,” Meng said. “Too many lives are lost far too early, and it is my hope that this funding will contribute to finding a cure for these horrific cancers. We all know someone whose life has been touched by a cancer victim or cancer survivor. I hope that one day Americans will not have to know that pain.”

Meng’s amendment was supported by Action to Cure Kidney Cancer, American Brain Tumor Association, American Urological Association, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, Bladder Cancer Action Network, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Melanoma Research Foundation and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

The $8 million in supplementary funding brings the Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program up to the Senate’s funding level for the account, increasing the chance that the increased funding amount will be signed into law, according to Meng.

The Department of Defense Appropriations Act is the annual spending bill that finances the Defense Department. The legislation appropriates $575 billion for Defense Department activities in fiscal year 2017.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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shows her stripes from queens says:
That she would hold up a defense spending bill for her own agenda, even a worthwhile agenda, is disgusting.
June 29, 2016, 2:16 pm
Evelyn from queens says:
Now let's see this dreadful woman account for every dollar spent on this so-called "cancer research" which is as false and thieving as those charity "walks" and "marathons" for this that and the other thing.
June 30, 2016, 3:53 am
Tom from Queens says:
Let's see every other politician like Avella account for all his spending as well.
June 30, 2016, 6:03 am
Larry Leone from Glen oaks ny 11004 says:
All the proposals you talk about cost lots and lots of money. Do you know we have a 19 trillion dollar debt. We need to get this $19,000,000,000 down , it's costing 45 billion a week in interest . Think what we can do with the 45 billion if we didn't have to pay bond holders of Federal debt. You and all of the other people in government have to stop spending money we don't have. Giving people free things, only makes them more dependent on government , instead of them selfs.
Aug. 26, 2016, 8:11 pm

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