Republicans Spearhead $2B Bump For NIH Funding In Spending Bill
A letter to GOP leadership, signed by more than 100 Republicans in the House of Representatives last month, advocated for an even higher increase of $3 billion. And public health groups celebrate the boost in funding to medical research programs and agencies.
GOP Pushes For More Money For National Institutes Of Health
The National Institutes of Health could see its biggest budget increase in more than a decade as part of a $1.1 trillion spending bill Congress will vote on Friday. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas and other conservatives in Congress spearheaded the push to boost NIH’s funding by $2 billion – a billion more than requested by the Obama administration. (Wise, 12/16)
Spending Bill Delays Controversial Health Law Taxes, Boosts Health Funding
Public health groups were pleased with other health-related provisions in the spending bill, such as funding to combat antibiotic resistance and the restoration of most of the money for HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (Ungar and O'Donnell, 12/16)