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CCTS Newsletter July 1, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Dale Dirks and Dane Christiansen

July 1, 2016

Before adjourning for the 4th of July recess, Congress took action on emergency supplemental funding to address the emerging public health threat posed by the Zika virus. Most notably, the House of Representatives passed a spending package that included $1.1 billion to support activities across the federal government, including new research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Senate was unable to advance the measure though due to disagreements over the level of funding (the administration has previously requested $1.8 billion) and the inclusion of controversial policy riders. It is expected that Congress will re-negotiate and work to finalize and pass a supplemental emergency Zika funding measure before adjourning until after Labor Day on July 15th. Below, please find a summary of key funding items from the current package. 

  • $230 million for NIH (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is the coordinating research Institute).
  • $476 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • $85 million for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.
  • $175 million for the State Department, including the US Agency for International Development.
Also occurring just before the 4th of July of break, the National Academy of Sciences called on the administration to scrap proposed updates to the “Common Rule” for Human Research Protections. This position echoes concerns raised by the academic research and patient communities citing the complexity, confusion, and lack of clarity created by previously proposed updates. The Academies also call for the creation of an independent commission to study the Common Rule and recommend updates.