publication date: Jul. 2, 2015

Senate Appropriators Approve $2 Billion for NIH 


The Senate Committee on Appropriations June 25 approved the fiscal 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill, which would boost NIH’s budget to $32 billion—an increase of $2 billion above fiscal 2015.

The $153.2 billion measure would provide the largest increase NIH has received since the doubling of its budget was completed in 2003.

However, if passed, the bill would eliminate the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality—a $465 million agency that plays a central role in the implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The legislation would increase the budget of several departments in NIH:

•$200 million for precision medicine,

•$350 million increase for the National Institute on Aging, the lead institute researching Alzheimer’s disease,

•$135 million, an increase of $70 million, for the BRAIN Initiative to map the human brain,

•$461 million, an increase of $100 million, to Combat Antibiotic Resistance, and

•$300 million, an increase of $26.7 million, for the Institutional Development Award.

S.1695—approved by a 16-14 vote—is $3.6 billion below the fiscal 2015 level and $14.5 billion below the president’s budget request.

“The Labor-HHS bill takes a thoughtful, responsible approach to funding programs important to our country. In addition, the bill adds oversight measures to ensure that our taxpayer money is spent wisely and effectively,” … Continue reading 41-26 Senate Appropriators Approve $2 Billion for NIH

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