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.
The president’s bill allocates $5.626 billion for NCI, this number, too, includes Moonshot funding.
The House version of the increase continues Congress’s recent trend of increasing funding to NIH. The FY2018 omnibus spending bill increased NIH funding by $3 billion, and recent years—from FY2016 on—were marked by uninterrupted … Continue reading House committee proposes $1.25 billion raise for NIH
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