publication date: Sep. 19, 2014

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Varmus: Expect Another CR For Funding Through December

NCI Director Harold Varmus said Congress is moving slowly on appropriations bills, and a continuing resolution lasting until December is the best that can be expected in the short term.

“Depending on the outcome of the election in November, there may be an interest among the Republicans that if they regain the Senate that this should be postponed until after they’re back in charge in both sides of the bicameral legislature,” Varmus said at the Sept. 9 meeting of the National Cancer Advisory Board.

An edited transcript of Varmus’s remarks follows:

It would be inappropriate for me to speak to you without talking about appropriations, but I don’t have much to say, because not much has happened since we last met.

And I just remind you that despite all the rosy predictions that were made by the House and Senate appropriation chairs our friend Barbara Mikulski [D-Md.] on the Senate side and also Hal Rogers [R-Ky.] on the House side that we would have appropriation bills before the fiscal year 2015 began.

We’re back in our usual circumstance, last month of the fiscal year, we don’t have a bill, we don’t know what the hell has been happening. Elections are coming.

We’re now expecting the so-called clean CR, that is a continuing resolution at FY 14 levels without a lot of bells and whistles—although there is interest in some supplemental appropriation, for example for Ebola response and other things. Not clear whether that will happen, but people who think they know something tell me that there will be a CR … Continue reading 40-35 Sept. 9 NCAB Meeting

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