publication date: Dec. 11, 2015

NIH Looks For $1-2 Billion Raise in FY 2016, as Congress Approaches Another Deadline 

 

NIH is slated to receive a $2 billion increase under the Senate appropriations bill, but only $1.1 billion under the House plan for the current 2016 fiscal year.

The Senate version would bring NIH finding up to $32 billion, with NCI receiving $5.204 billion. The House version would total just above $31 billion for NIH, including $5.081 billion for NCI.

Both chambers of Congress are setting aside $200 million for the Precision Medicine Initiative, which would include $70 million for NCI.

The two budget proposals target specific research areas, providing increased funding for Alzheimer’s disease research, the BRAIN initiative, Clinical Translational Sciences Awards, and the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria program, among others.

The federal government is operating on a continuing resolution, which runs out today, Dec. 11—but to avert another government shutdown, House leaders plan to grant themselves a five-day extension. That vote is scheduled for later today. The stopgap measure will set the deadline for Dec. 16, with members hoping to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill before then.

Republicans and Democrats are expected to iron out disagreements over the Affordable Care Act, Planned Parenthood funding, and immigration policy, as well as a massive tax break package estimated to have grown to as much as $800 billion.

“We are still on a continuing resolution, which makes it harder for us to function at full capacity,” … Continue reading 41-45 NIH Looks For $1-2 Billion Raise in FY 2016, as Congress Approaches Another Deadline

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