Washington, D.C.— Last week, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-02) joined Congressman David Price (D-NC), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), and members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider locating the future headquarters of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) in North Carolina.

“As a leader in the biotechnology and life science industry, and home to world-class educational and research institutions, our state is uniquely positioned to serve as the ideal location for the agency’s future headquarters,” the Members wrote.

“Our thriving economy, strategic location in the southeastern United States, and low cost of living are attracting and retaining the world’s best and brightest. With an unmatched business environment, North Carolina offers a full complement of clinical, STEM, biotech, and business training programs to prepare for a workforce skilled in cutting edge research, academia, health care and digital health for both public and private sectors.”

Last month, Congresswoman Ross voted for bipartisan legislation to establish ARPA-H. She spoke in support of the agency and led debate on the legislation on the House floor.

In addition to Congresswoman Ross, the signatories include the following Members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation: Senator Richard Burr (NC), Senator Thom Tillis (NC), Congressman David Price (NC-04), Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), Congressman Ted Budd (NC-13), Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08), Congresswoman Kathy Manning (NC-06), Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Congressman Gregory Murphy (NC-03), and Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07).

Full text of the letter can be found here.