New ranking member of Senate Appropriations HHS subcommittee gets mixed reviews

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“Given the vast amount of progress made over the last century and the great potential current research holds, now is not the time to waiver on America’s commitment to advancing disease cures and treatments.”

These are welcome words from the senator who now holds a leadership position on the subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, along with other agencies. Sen. Jerry Moran now ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, comes to the post with a record of strongly held positions, perhaps not surprising for a Senator who cites the value of the committee that “provides members with an opportunity to provide hard-nosed oversight of spending.” His amendment last year to add $1 billion in funding to the National Institutes of Health, as well as his Op-ed piece, Maintaining a Steadfast Comittment to NIH Funding from which the quote above comes, has earned him repeated kudos from Research!America. His votes in 2007 as a Congressman, on a list of “pro-family” legislation tabulated by the Family Research Council, that included voting to keep the abstinence requirement in PEPFAR, voting in favor of the Mexico City policy restricting funding to reproductive health groups, voting against funding for syringe exchange, on the other hand, earned him a score of 100 percent from that group — while at the same time earning him a zero on the scorecard produced by the family planning advocacy Population Connection group.

Moran’s Senate bio sums up his appropriations approach as a”long history of opposing reckless spending on Capitol Hill.” Moran came to the Senate in 2011, after seven terms in the House of Representatives, and eight years in the Kansas State Senate, before which he worked as a banker and earned a law degree.

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