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CCTS Newsletter | May 3, 2019

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Dale Dirks and Dane Christiansen

May 3, 2019


Both the House and Senate have been working at a rapid pace to advance Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations measures. The Senate has a tentative schedule to markup all spending bills before the August congressional recess and the House has already started its markup process. This year, the FY 2020 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (LHHS) appropriations bill is one of the first to move forward with the House holding committee action.


While only top-line numbers have been released thus far, the current draft of the FY 2020 LHHS Appropriations Bill provides meaningful investments in medical research and public health programs. Specifically, the House bill includes:


·         $41.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a proposed increase of $2 billion over FY 2019.


·         $8.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a proposed increase of $921 million over FY 2019.


·         $7.6 billion for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a proposed increase of $475 million over FY 2019.


·         $358 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a proposed increase of $20 million over FY 2019.


We will continue to provide updates as the process moves forward, but these funding increases are certainly encouraging. Additional details, such as specific levels of support for clinical and translational research and training/career development programs, will be released subsequently.