NIH Gets $1.1B Funding Increase From House Appropriators
The funding boost for the National Institutes of Health, which was advanced by a House subcommittee, is counter to the White House plan to slash medical research spending and is offset with reductions to family planning and refugee services.
Lawmakers Propose $1.1B Boost To NIH, Defying Trump Budget
The House subcommittee controlling the purse strings of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Wednesday proposed a $1.1 billion boost for the agency, defying the Trump administration's push for cuts. The White House had proposed slashing the nation’s medical research agency by $5.8 billion. But it was clear from the get-go that Congress wouldn’t support cutting NIH’s budget, with members of both parties in opposition. (Roubein, 7/12)
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Family Planning Cuts Help Boost NIH In House Spending Bill
The House spending bill to fund the Department of Health and Human Services would decrease its fiscal 2017 allocation of $78 billion by $542 million for fiscal 2018, with cuts to family planning and refugee services going to offset a $1.1 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health. For the most part, the bill is a rejection of the Trump administration’s proposal to cut around $15 billion from HHS. The overall bill includes $156 billion in total funding, a $5 billion discretionary cut from fiscal 2017 levels. The Department of Education has the most significant cut of $2.5 billion, while the Department of Labor would face a $1 billion cut. HHS only faces around $500 million in cuts. (Siddons, 7/12)