publication date: Jan. 17, 2014


Congress has passed a $1.012 trillion omnibus spending bill, easing the sequestration cuts set for fiscal 2014 and keeping the government open through September. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill by Saturday.

Two days short of another shutdown, Senate members voted 72-36 to approve the measure Thursday night. The action came after Republicans persuaded Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to drop his insistence to remove funding for the Affordable Care Act.

Cruz’s speech clocked in at 17 minutes—a far cry from his 21-hour talkathon that helped force the unpopular 16-day shutdown last fall.

The House of Representatives adopted the bipartisan spending bill by a 359-67 vote Jan. 15.

The omnibus bill fleshes out the budget deal crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) last month—the first compromise on the nation’s finances through the full appropriations process since 2009 (The Cancer Letter, Dec. 17, 2013).

An Increase for NIH, NCI

The bill provides $29.9 billion for NIH, an increase of $1 billion, or 3.5 percent, over post-sequester fiscal 2013. However, that number is about $750 million below the pre-sequester level as well as the 2012 level of $30.6 billion.

The House Appropriations Committee stated:

“This funding will continue support for basic biomedical research and translational research through the programs like the Clinical and Translational Science Awards and Institutional Development Award to support scientists as they conduct research to discover cures. Further, it provides full support for the NIH Office … Continue reading 40-03 Capitol Hill

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