Desequestration? Obama, Congress Seek to Restore Federal Funding
President Barack Obama and several members of Congress announced a slew of initiatives this week aimed at eliminating the effects of sequestration for the government, and for medical research by providing increases for NIH and other federal agencies.
Two bills introduced in Congress would provide sustained increases by boosting funding through direct appropriation and by adjusting caps established in the Budget Control Act.
The American Cures Act, introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), would adjust the budget caps to allow for 5 percent annual funding increases over 10 years for NIH, CDC, the Department of Defense Health Program, and the Veterans Medical & Prosthetics Research Program.