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House GOP Advances Plans For Continuing Resolution, Includes About $9 Billion In HHS Spending Cuts

Some of the specific reductions in the CR, a spending bill which provides current year funding for the federal government, are aimed at the National Institutes of Health and community health centers.

Modern Healthcare: House Set To Consider Health Care Spending Cuts
House Republicans this week will consider their plan to continue funding the government for the current fiscal year with a bill that includes steep discretionary spending cuts, including about $9 billion to HHS. The House Appropriations Committee released the bill late Friday known as a Continuing Resolution, which calls for more than $100 billion overall in reductions to federal spending, including about $1.6 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health and $1.3 billion cuts to the nation's community health centers (Zigmond, 2/13).

The Fiscal Times: Chopping Block Politics Threatens Biomedical Jobs
The budget cuts proposed by a leading House Republican this week included cancellation of the $1 billion that the Obama administration wanted to add to the $31 billion NIH budget. It was part of a broad assault on science funding that was announced by appropriations chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., who also called for large cuts at the National Science Foundation, the White House Office of Science, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. ... But innovation never was solely the province of private actors pursuing their self interest. And it turns out that now it is even less so (Goozner, 2/11).

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