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Thursday, May 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
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CCTS Newsletter
Dale Dirks and Dane Christiansen

Before adjourning for a brief recess, the House and Senate continued to mark up and advance the annual appropriations bills. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Bill, which funds the National Institutes of Health, has yet to be considered by either chamber and is traditionally one of the last spending bills to move forward. However, other bills related to medical research and patient care have been marked up by the House and Senate. Most notably, the Congress has taken action of the FY 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilConVA) bill and the Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration (AgFDA). In an encouraging sign for advocates, these bills include meaningful funding increases for critical programs, which indicates a continued interest in federal investment in medical research and patient care activities. 

The House FY 2017 MilConVA Appropriations Bill provides: 

• $663 million for the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program, an increase of $32 million over FY 2016.

The Senate FY 2017 MilConVA Appropriations Bill provides: 

• $675 million for the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program, an increase of $44 million over FY 2016. 

The Senate had been moving forward quickly on committee-reported appropriations bills, but a procedural maneuver slowed Senate floor consideration of the spending bills. It is expected that there will be ongoing committee action on appropriations bills but it is not clear how much further these bills will advance once reported by the committee.