U.S. House of Representatives gives NIH flat funding for FY13

The numbers are in, folks, and they’re not pretty. On July 18, the U.S. House of Representatives, appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services and education (LHHS) voted on its funding bill for fiscal 2013. This bill is particularly important for biomedical researchers because the LHHS subcommittee determines the funding levels for the National…

NIH appropriations hearings in the House and Senate

This month, for the first time in almost two years, the appropriations subcommittees on labor, health and human services and education in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate held hearings on the National Institutes of Health. On March 20, members of the House subcommittee heard testimony from NIH Director Francis Collins on the…

ASBMB president, Suzanne Pfeffer, urges congress to support a budget of at least $32 billion for NIH

On March 29, ASBMB president, Suzanne Pfeffer, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services, education and related agencies. Twenty witnesses representing various research, health and education organizations testified in the public hearing before the subcommittee members. Dr. Pfeffer’s testimony highlighted the many contributions basic research has made…

Appropriations – Where are we now?

Omnibus – minibus – continuing resolution – super committee … what does it all mean for the biomedical research community right now?  Well, here it is in a nutshell. EXISTING SITUATION:  Currently, the government is operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR), which funds the NIH at the FY2011 level through November 18, 2011, which is…

Sebelius Responds to Questions About NCATS

Work by Nature has uncovered a letter written by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius about the creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. The letter, dated July 6, 2011, comes as a response to poignant questions from, Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., who back in…

NIH Under Fire (Again) Over Proposed New Center

Last week, Representative Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations subcommittee that funds the NIH, became the latest member of Congress to express his unhappiness over the proposed National Center for the Advancement of Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.  In a letter to Department of…

FY11 Funding Update: House Republicans Unveil Spending Plan

Last Thursday, the House Budget Committee re-started the FY 2011 budget process by releasing its spending caps for appropriations bills.  The overall discretionary appropriations level was set at $1.055 trillion, which is $74 billion less than President Obama had initially requested for FY11.  However, the cap is “only” $35 billion less than the FY10 enacted…