Time and again, Senator Weicker has stood alone against the tide of cost-cutting and reduction of medical research and health services, and time and again he has prevailed.
For 18 years, Senator Weicker has served on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Education; the Subcommittee on the Handicapped; and the Labor and Human Resources Committee, as a member, ranking member, and chairman. From this vantage point he has been quick to perceive the nation's health needs and the realistic costs of meeting them.
He has been the consistent and effective champion of the National Institutes of Health and the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration, seizing every opportunity to educate his colleagues on public health emergencies and the continuing need for a strong national medical research effort.
Senator Weicker has lived by the creed that the health of a nation springs from the vigor of its people and that the worth of a society is measured by what it does for the sick and the handicapped, the very old, and the very young. He has fought with equal valor for the long-term excellence of America's medical research community and the immediate well-being of its people.
For his compassion and dedication in the fight to eradicate disease and disability through federal funding of medical research and public health programs, this 1988 Albert Lasker Public Service Award is given.