Quantcast

Toomey pushes for higher Alzheimer's funding - abc27 WHTM

Toomey pushes for higher Alzheimer's funding

Posted: Updated:
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was in the Midstate Monday trying to raise awareness for a bill to increase funding for Alzheimer’s disease.

Inside Harrisburg University, Toomey spent the afternoon with those passionate about finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Toomey co-sponsors a bill that would raise funding through an Alzheimer’s postage stamp. Since 1998, a breast cancer stamps have raised more than $75 million, according to Toomey.

Toomey said less than two percent of the National Institute of Health’s budget goes toward the debilitating disease, not enough in his eyes.

In January, an Alzheimer's Association article stated the government allocated $566 million towards research, $122 million more than 2013. The funding source was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act in 2013 and 2014.

According to Congressional voting records, Toomey voted against both of these acts.

When asked, Toomey explained the Alzheimer’s funding was a fraction of the overall “trillion-dollar, thousand-page” document that comes at the end of the year when the federal government has little money left.

"Sometimes it's not available to be read, it is not subject to amendment and there's no real debate on it. It's an up or down vote,” he said. "I'm not going to be a part of a process that grossly mismanages the government as these bills do."

The senator said he would like reform this process so funding avenues as important as Alzheimer’s research are not buried in bureaucracy.

Toomey said his bill would require the NIH to directly budget various programs intended to gain from sales of the postage stamp.


  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • State police arrest man for aggravated assault

    State police arrest man for aggravated assault

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:10:05 GMT
    State police say a Dauphin County man is behind bars for aggravated assault.Troopers were called to a home on the 100-block of South Second Street around 3:35 Friday afternoon.According to state police, they received a complaint that 48 year old Robert Dale Beaver, Jr. allegedly took prescription drugs, and was carrying a knife and big stick.Troopers say Beaver was looking to pick a fight.Investigators say Beaver refused to listen to commands and reached for the knife in an attempt to attack ...More >>
    State police say a Dauphin County man is behind bars for aggravated assault.Troopers were called to a home on the 100-block of South Second Street around 3:35 Friday afternoon.According to state police, they received a complaint that 48 year old Robert Dale Beaver, Jr. allegedly took prescription drugs, and was carrying a knife and big stick.Troopers say Beaver was looking to pick a fight.Investigators say Beaver refused to listen to commands and reached for the knife in an attempt to attack ...More >>
  • At an intersection with no crossing guard, retired Marine steps up to help

    At an intersection with no crossing guard, retired Marine steps up to help

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-30 14:28:46 GMT
    A retired Marine has gained national attention after he put on his dress blues to help students cross a busy street near a city elementary school It was last year Cpl. Lewis Alston, 63, Lititz, noticed South Duke Street and North Street did not have a crossing guard. The intersection is near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. So Alston, a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, took action. “What I did was the first day of school, on Monday; I was at a funeral service be...More >>
    A retired Marine has gained national attention after he put on his dress blues to help students cross a busy street near a city elementary school It was last year Cpl. Lewis Alston, 63, Lititz, noticed South Duke Street and North Street did not have a crossing guard. The intersection is near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. So Alston, a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, took action. “What I did was the first day of school, on Monday; I was at a funeral service be...More >>
  • Police investigate string of car and home break-ins

    Police investigate string of car and home break-ins

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-30 17:15:22 GMT
    Police in Lower Paxton Township are investigating another string of car and home break-ins.According to police, two homes on Wesley Driver were reported broken into.One home had cash from a wallet stolen, and a purse was reportedly rifled through.Police say entry was gained through an unlocked door.The second home did not have anything reported missing, but investigators say entry was gained by using a key which was left in a car parked in the driveway.In addition to these incidents, police s...More >>
    Police in Lower Paxton Township are investigating another string of car and home break-ins.According to police, two homes on Wesley Driver were reported broken into.One home had cash from a wallet stolen, and a purse was reportedly rifled through.Police say entry was gained through an unlocked door.The second home did not have anything reported missing, but investigators say entry was gained by using a key which was left in a car parked in the driveway.In addition to these incidents, police s...More >>
Powered by WorldNow