#Science Quotable – Tea Party Republicans supporting increases in NIH funding #surprised

Why aren’t we spending $60 billion in NIH research? Honestly. I’m not a big fan of deficit spending. I’m not a big fan of deficits. Certainly, as a conservative Republican, I believe the fiscal health of our nation is one of the most critical issues long term. But I think I can go to my 16-month old daughter and I can say, ‘I borrowed money in your name to cure cancer’ and she would thank me.- Kansas Republican Representative Kevin Yoder

I’m kind of an unlikely candidate to be here today probably for a lot of reasons. I’ve been recognized by numerous groups as one of the most tight-fisted people in the entire Congress. … That having been said, I believe with all my heart and soul that if the federal government doesn’t lead the way on conquering cancer that it won’t get done. I want to fight this fight. I’ve lost one too many friends to this dreadful disease and I don’t want to see another person succumb to this. – Arizona Republican Representative Matt Salmon

Both quotes from a joint event by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Stand Up To Cancer.

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