Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor,Health and Human Services released some details of its fiscal 2016 spending plans. The committee calls for a $2 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health, with a proposed FY16 funding level of $32 billion.
Subcommittee Chairman Senator Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said, “This year’s Labor-HHS appropriations bill prioritizes programs that will provide a significant benefit to all Americans, and importantly, provides the National Institutes of Health with a $2 billion increase to make critical life-saving medical treatments and high-quality cures available to all Americans.”
Details are still emerging and the ASBMB’s public affairs team will provide more analysis on this news tomorrow as we dive deeper into the numbers. What is not clear yet is where the funds come from to increase the NIH by such a substantial amount. The entire appropriations bill comes in $3.6 billion below FY15 spending levels, and you’ll remember ASBMB Science Policy Fellow Sarah Martin explained last week the House L-HHS bill had several vital public health programs eliminated at the expense of a $1 billion NIH increase.
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