We are really reaping the fruits of our long endeavors at the state level. Unfortunately, Citizens for the Treatment of High
Blood Pressure doesn't get any of this money, but we have the satisfaction of knowing that we, and we alone, are responsible
We started our efforts in New Jersey in 1980. It took about two years to build up a solid New Jersey Citizens Committee on
High Blood Pressure composed of approximately 40 distinguished citizens, including 16 doctors. The New Jersey Legislature
passed appropriations for hypertension in both the 1983 and 1984 sessions, but in both cases the appropriations were vetoed
by Governor Kean.
This did not deter the New Jersey Coalition or us. We came back again and this year we received the first appropriation of
$100,000 in state funds.
New Jersey gets approximately $700,000 in high blood pressure monies from the Federal Government, so the total of both federal
and state monies is now $800,000. Despite all of this, we are having the usual difficulty in getting monies from the pharmaceutical
houses in New Jersey. Let us take Hoffman La-Roche as an example. We got $30,000 from them in the first two years we were
in existence, then no money for five years (1977 through 1981). In 1982 and 1983 we got $3,500 and in 1984 we got $3,000.
We received no money from them for 1985 in response to the request signed by Dr. DeBakey on October 25, 1984.
In response to your question in our telephone conversation yesterday, I am sending you a copy of the actual monies received
by Citizens since Dr. DeBakey's letter. You will note that the Merck grant is 80 percent of our total funding. This
is really very dangerous and, with the drop of $300,000 a year from SmithKline, we don't know how we can retain our state
activities which have proven so productive over the years. On a side issue, I send you a copy of Remarks by Congressman Gerry
Sikorski in support of Waxman's House Joint Resolution to restore in 1985 the $277 million in cuts in NIH appropriations.
You remember that you contributed $1,000 to Sikorski's campaign at the suggestion of Henry Waxman. Sikorski is one of
our best friends on the Waxman Committee.
Mrs. Heckler testified yesterday before the Natcher Subcommittee and she agreed to present to the Committee a formal request
for the reprogramming of the original Reagan budget as it pertains to the fiscal 1985 NIH grants. There is no doubt in my
mind that the Committee will reject the request for reprogramming, and will see that the full amount appropriated in fiscal
1985 is spent without all of the nonsense about forward funding over a three-year period. Mr. Natcher lectured Mrs. Heckler
on the impropriety of the Executive impounding monies without coming to the appropriate House and Senate Appropriations Committee