We’ll be watching

To the Editor:

As federal lawmakers work to reach agreement on fiscal year 2014, I urge U.S. senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, and Congressman Tim Walz, to press their colleagues to make ending sequestration the highest priority.

Sequestration already has resulted in a $1.5 billion cut in the National Institutes of Health budget and a $209 million reduction at the Food and Drug Administration. Unless Congress acts, sequestration will remain in place until 2021, cutting programs so important to the more than 1.5 million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease, and all those who depend on research and development for treatments of devastating diseases.

Additional cuts to federal funding could result in a loss of $478.2 million in Minnesota. This could have a destructive effect on our economy. Ending sequestration and supporting innovation and research are investments in not only Minnesota but our country’s future.

I, along with other members of the Parkinson’s community in Minnesota, will be closely watching our representatives’ leadership on this important issue.

Rosemary Hunt

assistant state director,

Parkinson’s Action Network