Lobby Day 2013

Lobby Day 2013 group photo

More than 300 American Heart Association volunteers came to Washington, D.C. on April 9 to urge Congress to restore federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to support a Million Hearts campaign to attack the growing problem of high blood pressure – public health enemy No. 2 behind tobacco. 

Heart disease and stroke survivors, researchers, and healthcare professionals from around the country met with their congressional representatives and asked them to allocate $32 billion for the NIH in FY2014, to restore funding cut by the sequester and get NIH back on track. Advocates also asked Congress to fund a $35 million Million Hearts Initiative to tackle one of the nation’s most significant public health problems, high blood pressure. More than one in three adults in the United States have high blood pressure, but less than half have their condition under control. High blood pressure is one of the leading risk factors for heart attack or stroke.

The association volunteers also joined forces with representatives from more than 200 other non-profit organizations in a Rally for Medical Research on April 8, where they called on Congress to make research funding a national priority.

Further information about the association's requests, including fact sheets and state-specific data, is available below, along with press resources and videos.