Bipartisan Support For NIH Funding ErodingCQ HealthBeat: Bipartisan Tradition Of Generous NIH Funding Starting To Crumble
Voting to boost funding for the National Institutes Health has long been a source of pride for Democrats and Republicans alike. But the drive to shrink the federal government is now eroding bipartisan backing for an agency that supports scientific research to prevent illnesses such as strokes, heart attacks and cancer. Even as the White House struggles to modestly increase NIH funding amid significant pressure to lower the nation's debt, Republicans are increasingly skeptical the agency should be spared from budget cuts (Reichard, 7/29). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.