The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has been working with members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations to advocate for inclusion of trauma research language in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2018. More specifically, the ACS is requesting that the committee report language stress the importance of trauma research and encourage the National Institutes of Health to establish a trauma research agenda to minimize death, disability, and injury by ensuring that patient-specific trauma care is based on scientifically validated findings. Committee report language is included in appropriations legislation to guide the administration and departments in their support of the committee’s priorities. The report and bill await further action in the Senate. The bill contains base discretionary funding for the agencies.
For more information about the College’s policy positions on trauma, contact Justin Rosen, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-672-1528.