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News from the HIll: June 3, 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016   (0 Comments)
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CCTS Newsletter
Dale Dirks and Dane Christiansen
June 3, 2016 

Congressional leaders have announced plans to markup Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (LHHS) appropriations bills during the month of June. There is speculation that the allocations provided by the Senate bill for federal medical research efforts, such as annual funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be more favorable than the House proposal. However, to-date both the House and Senate have provided meaningful funding increases for other federal medical research programs through their annual FY 2017 appropriations measures. Community advocates remain hopeful that ultimately NIH will not end up in another level-funding situation for FY 2017 as programs throughout the LHHS bills receive meaningful funding increases.  

Below, please find a summary of medical research and public health funding proposed thus far through the FY 2017 appropriations process. 

House Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

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

Senate Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies 

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

House Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

• $2.76 billion in discretionary funding for FDA, an increase of $29 million over FY2016.  

Senate Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

• $2.77 billion in discretionary funding for FDA, an increase of $35 million over FY2016.  

Senate Defense Department of Defense 

• $300 million for the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program, an increase of $22 million over FY 2016. [The House bill does not include this program, but does include line item funding for other defense medical research programs, including the Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program]