PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says new spending cuts to federally funded medical research will take effect in January if Congress doesn't stop them.
Casey said Friday at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute that automatic budget cuts put into motion by Congress amounted to the loss of $73 million in medical research funding and 1,200 jobs in Pennsylvania alone this year.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1d7tvWw ) that Pitt estimates it lost about $24 million in funding for research.
The newspaper says Pennsylvania's institutions received $1.4 billion in grants from the National Institutes of Health in 2012. Casey says the research underwrites more than 24,000 jobs in Pennsylvania.
He says the spending cuts are spurring some top researchers to move to Europe and dulling the United States' edge in research.