publication date: May. 3, 2019

House subcommittee bill gives NIH a $2 billion raise in FY2020—but budget caps must be raised

by Claire Dietz and Matthew Bin Han Ong

The Subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education of the House  Committee on Appropriations April 30 marked up a spending bill that gives NIH $41.1 billion, a $2 billion increase over the current level.

NCI is slated to receive an estimated increase of up to $280 million over the institute’s FY2019 budget of $5.747 billion—excluding funding increases that have been authorized for the Cancer Moonshot (The Cancer Letter, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, 2018).

The bill provides “sufficient funding to increase the appropriation for each Institute and Center by nearly five percent,” according to a House Committee on Appropriations press release.

The subcommittee markup, one of the initial steps in the appropriations process, signals Congressional intent to continue to provide sustained and predictable increases for NIH. The increase for NIH was proposed by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the subcommittee chair.

Since FY2016, the NIH appropriations grew by $2 billion to $3 billion increments, which altogether have added up to a 30% increase.

President Trump initially proposed a cut of $4.7 billion from the NIH budget, with almost $900 million coming out of NCI for 2020 (The Cancer Letter, March 15). The subcommittee bill for NIH is $6.9 billion above the president’s budget request.

According to the House subcommittee bill:

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