Important Legislative Alert: Durbin-Blunt Amendment

Posted Thursday, Jul 27, 2017

Contact your Senators this week and ask them to support the Durbin-Blunt amendment to protect the funding for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) medical research programs, including those for CHDs.

The Senate will be considering the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and it includes several provisions that would undermine the DoD’s medical research programs. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) are offering an amendment to the NDAA that would protect these research programs. Unless the Durbin-Blunt Amendment is adopted, the language currently in the bill will jeopardize critical funding for CHD research activities.

The medical research programs at DoD have produced important CHD research studies, including the study that found a higher prevalence of CHD among infants conceived by Gulf War veteran families. Research on issues such as this have benefitted children in military families and has broader implications for all Americans affected by CHD.

Please contact your two senators today and ask them to support the Durbin-Blunt amendment to the NDAA to protect this critical research.

Ways to reach your senators:

  • Email: Visit and select your state from the drop-down menu bar next to the American flag at the top of the page. This will take you to a page with phone and email contact information for your two Senators. For a sample email, click here.
  • Phone: You may also call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to connect you to one of your Senator’s office. For talking points, click here.
  • Twitter: You may contact your senators via Twitter by clicking here, entering your zip code next to the tab that reads “Find My Reps”, selecting the link next to the senator’s name (@Sen…) and pasting this message: “As a constituent, I ask you to support DoD congenital heart disease research by backing the Durbin-Blunt FY2018 NDAA Amendment. Thank you!”


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