publication date: Jul. 13, 2018

House committee proposes $1.25 billion raise for NIH

By Jordan Williams

The fiscal year 2019 spending bill marked up by the House Committee on Appropriations gives NIH a $1.25 billion raise.

“The National Institutes of Health, our nation’s premier biomedical agency, is funded at $1.25 billion above last year’s appropriation,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Labor-HHS subcommittee chair.

Under the House bill, which the committee spent nearly 12 hours marking up on July 11, NIH would receive $38.3 billion in funding.

The Senate version, which was marked up June 28, proposes a $2 billion increase for NIH, bringing the total to $39.1 billion (The Cancer Letter, June 29).

The president’s version of the bill initially cut NIH funding by 27 percent, but then largely reversed it by putting back $9 million in funding, thus bringing NIH funding levels back to FY 2017 levels (The Cancer Letter, Feb. 16).

Here’s how the numbers line up for NCI:

In the House bill, NCI stands to receive $6.13 billion, including $400 million for Moonshot and $30 million is to repair and improve NCI’s facility in Frederick.

The Senate bill allocates $6.15 billion in funding, including funding for Moonshot and NCI’s Frederick facility.

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