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Senate funding bill supports NIH – Details slowly emerging ?>

Senate funding bill supports NIH – Details slowly emerging

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…

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Smoke, mirrors and science funding ?>

Smoke, mirrors and science funding

The summer is an eventful time for federal appropriations. Subcommittees review their agency portfolios and assign spending levels, bills are marked up and passed on to the full appropriations committee and eventually these bills make it to the floor of the House or Senate for debate and final passage. The summer of 2013 has been no exception. However, the seemingly functioning appropriations work this year is a façade covering up a process that may soon come to a screeching halt….

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A busy week for federal spending for scientific research ?>

A busy week for federal spending for scientific research

The dust is finally settling over the fiscal 2013 appropriations process just as the FY14 process begins. Yesterday, the National Science Foundation released the final fiscal 2013 budgets for each directorate. The agency’s overall appropriation is $6.8 billion after accounting for sequestration. Of interest to ASBMB members, the Directorate of Biological Sciences will have a $679 million budget for FY13. This is a $33 million, or 4.6 percent, reduction relative to FY12 levels, and will undoubtedly cause a reduction in…

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NIH appropriations hearings in the House and Senate ?>

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 fiscal 2013 budget for the NIH and the development of the new NIH center, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. In their opening statements,…

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Appropriations – Where are we now? ?>

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 $30.7 billion.  FY11 ended on September 30, 2011, however Congress did not pass a single appropriation bill, which lead to the need for the CR…

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NCATS Budget Details Finally Released ?>

NCATS Budget Details Finally Released

Months after recommending the creation of the National Center for the Advancement of Translational Science, the National Institutes of Health have finally outlined the expected budget for the new entity.  On Monday, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (which funds the NIH) detailing the expected budgetary outlays for NCATS in FY12.  Importantly, though…

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NIH Leadership Testifies Before Congress ?>

NIH Leadership Testifies Before Congress

On Wednesday morning, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education heard testimony from NIH leadership in regards to their agency’s FY12 budget request.  In addition to Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Ranking Member Richard Shelby, R-Ala., subcommittee stalwarts Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., were joined during the hearing by new members Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Sen. Jerry Moran, D-Kan. Sen. Harkin opened the hearing by welcoming the panelists: Francis Collins,…

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