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CCTS Newsletter | October 7th, 2016

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Dale Dirks and Dane Christiansen
October 7, 2016

Congress reconvened in September for a brief work period before adjourning and returning to the campaign trail until after the November elections. Congress faced a number of pending items, including the adoption of a Continuing Resolution to keep the government operating until the annual appropriations bills are completed and the passage of an emergency funding package to combat the Zika virus. Ultimately, legislators crafted and passed legislative package that included all major pending items and the FY 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations bill. Highlights from the package include:

Zika Research/Public Health Funding

  • $397 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to support advanced research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.
  • $394 million to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to support mosquito eradication, surveillance, laboratory testing, education & outreach, as well as to reimburse state and local public health departments.
  • $141 million to support health care services – including contraceptive services and maternal and child health services – to prevent the spread of Zika. Of this amount, at least $126 million is reserved for Puerto Rico and the territories.
  • $145.5 million to support international health care services, including vector control activities and technologies, vaccines, diagnostics, and building up health care infrastructure.

Research Funding Through the VA  

  • $675.37 million for the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program, an increase of $44.63 million over FY 2016.