Appropriations Update – House making progress ?>

Appropriations Update – House making progress

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2017 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies, the spending bill that provides annual funding for the National Institutes of Health.  Don’t remember the details from that bill?  You can click here for our coverage, but the bottom line is the Senate approved a $2 billion increase to the NIH for the upcoming fiscal year.

NEXT STEPS:  The bill awaits debate and a vote by the full Senate.

This week, the House of Representatives is taking action on its own spending proposal for the NIH.  Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services approved its own spending bill that would provide a $1.25 billion increase to the NIH, while making cuts to other public health programs and defunding federal support for the Affordable Care Act.  Below is a quick comparison of how the House and Senate funding proposals fund institutes of importance to the ASBMB membership.

Institute FY16 level ($ in billions) FY17 Senate proposal ($ in billions) FY17 House proposal ($ in billions)
National Cancer Institute 5.21 5.43 5.34
National Health, Lung and Blood Institute 3.11 3.24 3.19
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases 1.97 1.89 1.86
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 1.70 1.80 1.75
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease 4.71 4.96 4.74
National Institute of General Medical Sciences 2.51 2.63 2.58
National Institute of Aging 1.60 2.07 1.98


Outside of funding – and important to the postdoc community – the House bill proposes to block President Obama’s new overtime rules, which would provide an increase to postdoc pay effective December 2017.  The existence of this provision in the bill is of concerns to ASBMB, and we will monitor as the legislation moves forward.   U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, D-Calif., proposed an amendment to the bill to allow for the new overtime rules to take effect, however her amendment was voted down on a party-line vote.

NEXT STEPS:  The bill will be voted on by the House Appropriations Committee as early as Wednesday, and passage is expected.  After committee approval, the bill (like the Senate bill) will need debate and a vote by the full House of Representatives.

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