BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling for a doubling of spending on biomedical research through the National Institutes of Health.
The Massachusetts Democrat also said funding for research should be better protected from annual budget battles to help ensure the country continues as a world leader in medical breakthroughs.
Warren made her comments Monday at a breakfast forum of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Warren said government support for basic medical research ultimately benefits everyone through the development of new drugs and treatments.
She said greater spending on medical research also makes economic sense, calling the refusal to invest "the budgetary equivalent of cutting off your feet to save money on shoes."
Warren said if the U.S. doesn't boost investment in medical research, other countries will fill the gap.