publication date: Jul. 15, 2016

Capitol Hill

House Committee Approves Spending Bill Cutting Funding for CDC Anti-Smoking Programs


The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would fund the Department of Health and Human Services through 2017, including the NIH, NCI and other related agencies.

Released last week, the bill includes $161.6 billion in discretionary funding—a $569 million reduction below levels enacted for the 2016 fiscal year. However, the bill increases funding for the NIH by $1.25 billion and the NCI by $264 million. (The Cancer Letter, July 7.)

The bill contains several provisions to defund implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and prohibits the use of new discretionary funding for the president’s signature health care law. The committee considered more than 30 amendments over two days before approving the bill in a 31-19 vote July 14.

According to The Hill, two Democratic members supported an amendment to increase the NIH budget by an additional $750 million, including $555 million for NCI to use for the national cancer moonshot.

The amendment was offered by Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) and Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), both cancer survivors. DeLauro also serves as ranking member of the House Labor-HHS appropriations subcommittee. The amendment was voted down, 29-19.

The bill also includes funding cuts of $110 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health, and a $3.5 million cut to its Colorectal Cancer Control Program.

“ACS CAN commends Chairman Tom Cole [R-Okla.] and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro’s commitment to increase NIH funding. In particular, we appreciate Rep. DeLauro’s proposed amendment to fully fund the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative and Rep. Cole’s willingness to work … Continue reading 42-28 House Committee Approves Spending Bill Cutting Funding for CDC Anti-Smoking Programs

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