publication date: Jun. 21, 2019

House bill gives NIH a $2B increase, but battle over budget caps looms

By Paul Goldberg

The House of Representatives June 19 passed a package of four appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020.

The $982.8 billion package, nicknamed the “minibus” bill and passed on a 226 to 203 vote, gives $41.1 billion to NIH, an increase of $2 billion above the 2019 level and $6.9 billion above the President’s budget proposal.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gets $8.3 billion, $938 million above the 2019 enacted level and $1.7 billion above the President’s budget request.

According to a statement by the Democratic majority on the committee, the legislation, H.R. 2740, “rejects the proposed slashing and outright elimination of critical programs in President Trump’s budget request and instead invests in important priorities like health care, education, clean energy, infrastructure, national security, and restoring America’s standing abroad.

“Additionally, the legislation provides robust oversight of the administration, including blocking it from diverting Defense and Army Corps funds to build a border wall, keeping the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement, and permanently repealing the global gag rule.”

A division-by-division summary of H.R. 2740 is posted here. Amendments to each division of the bill are posted here.

“In terms of the FY2020 Appropriations process, and specifically in regard to our efforts to ensure another robust funding increase for NIH, the medical research advocacy community is becoming accustomed to watching the events in DC play out in sort of a split-screen manner,” said Jon Retzlaff, chief policy officer and vice president of science policy and government affairs of the American Association for Cancer Research. “For example, this week, we … Continue reading House bill gives NIH a $2B increase, but battle over budget caps looms

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