House Republicans Release Their 2017 Health Spending Bill
The measure includes increases to help combat opioid abuse and the Zika virus as well as a funding boost for the National Institutes of Health, which is lower than what the Senate OK'd last month. In addition, it also targets Obamacare by rescinding some of its existing funding.
House GOP Unveils Health Spending Bill
House Republicans on Wednesday released their healthcare spending bill for fiscal 2017, boosting funding to fight opioid abuse and the Zika virus while taking aim at ObamaCare and abortion. The measure from the House Appropriations Committee includes extra funding in hot-button areas where Democrats have demanded immediate funding outside of the regular appropriations process. (Peter Sullivan, 7/6)
House Panel Set To Endorse $1.3 Billion Increase For The NIH
House appropriators released a new funding bill Wednesday that would provide another boost to the National Institutes of Health — though a smaller one than their Senate colleagues passed last month. The legislation, which would fund federal health programs for the fiscal year starting in October, would give the NIH $33.3 billion, a $1.3 billion increase over this year. By contrast, the Senate version would boost the agency’s funding by $2 billion. The new bill would build on the $2 billion increase the NIH got at the end of last year. (Scott, 7/6)