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Public health and biomedical research: Congressional hearing with the Health and Human Services Secretary

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the work of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency responsible for the federal public health response and biomedical research, to the forefront, and it is now time to set its priorities for the next year.

On Wednesday, May 12, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing to discuss the fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget priorities for HHS. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra will be present to answer Congress’ questions. HHS includes a variety of health-focused agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration. While considering federal funding levels for the next fiscal year, the Subcommittee wants to hear your thoughts on topics such as biomedical research funding and infrastructure, future pandemic preparedness, factors impacting Americans’ health, drug pricing, the future of telehealth, or vaccine development and manufacturing, among other issues.

This web platform gives you an opportunity to tell Congress what issues should be discussed during this key hearing. You can submit questions that lawmakers should ask the witnesses (sample questions and the submission button can be found in the “questions” tab), personal stories about your experiences related to this issue, or your general thoughts about what HHS should prioritize in the coming year.