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Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH ?>

Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH

The White House’s budget rollout last week sent shockwaves through the scientific community broadly and National Institutes of Health supporters specifically.  President Donald Trump, in his “skinny budget” release, called for a $5.8 billion cut to the NIH’s budget, 19 percent of fiscal year 2016 appropriations for the agency.  The cut came as a surprise because the agency historically has enjoyed bipartisan support. The president’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, made Trump’s intentions clear at a press conference last week.  “This…

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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…

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House appropriators talk National Science Foundation funding ?>

House appropriators talk National Science Foundation funding

Earlier this week, we provided you with a summary of the budget hearing with National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins.  Today, we bring you last week’s hearing featuring National Science Foundation Director France Córdova.  What we learned U.S. House appropriators are struggling with balancing science funding and deficit spending. Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Chairman Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, in his opening remarks voiced support for science agencies but opposition to President Barack Obama’s…

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House appropriators hear from NIH director on FY17 budget request ?>

House appropriators hear from NIH director on FY17 budget request

It’s appropriations season on Capitol Hill, and committees are hearing testimony from agency heads justifying their fiscal year 2017 budget requests.  Later this week, we’ll provide a review of the National Science Foundation hearing, but today let’s look at the National Institutes of Health hearing highlights. What we learned U.S. House appropriators really like the NIH … and want to give it more money. Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla) opened the hearing expressing…

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Biomedical research deserves funding, not gimmicks ?>

Biomedical research deserves funding, not gimmicks

The American biomedical research enterprise is a national treasure. As such, biomedical research broadly, and the National Institutes of Health specifically, should be funded as a national priority. Sadly, as we enter the fiscal 2017 budget season, President Obama has proposed budget gimmickry over sustained investments, and the community should flatly reject this proposal. Yesterday, Obama released his eighth and final budget, and, among other things, called for a nearly $1 billion increase to the NIH. However, this proposal comes…

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Legislative Update – Appropriations and the Senate innovation agenda ?>

Legislative Update – Appropriations and the Senate innovation agenda

As discussed last week, the appropriations process continues to progress behind closed doors. However, some details are emerging. All appropriations subcommittees have received their 302(b) allocations, and those allocations have been described to me by congressional staff as “fair.” The allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations subcommittee, which funds the National Institutes of Health, is said to be “generous.” The original allocation for L-HHS had been below the fiscal year 2015 level, but it seems the Bipartisan…

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Where’ve We Been? Meeting with Appropriations Staff! ?>

Where’ve We Been? Meeting with Appropriations Staff!

Yesterday, Ben visited with appropriations staff to discuss the where Congress is in the budgeting process for FY16.  It turns out, the Appropriations Committee and their subcommittees have been working diligently to negotiate updated appropriations bills with the new funds made available thanks to the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015.  Subcommittees have already been provided there 302(b) allocations, and rumor has it there is potential for research agencies like the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation are poised…

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Floor debate begins on HR 6 – 21st Century Cures ?>

Floor debate begins on HR 6 – 21st Century Cures

With debate starting – here’s a summary of where the legislation stands as it heads to the House floor. If you’ve been following the progress of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, you’ve seen momentum for the bill grow, and may have felt (like we did) that its passage is a foregone conclusion. It was only a few weeks ago that we reported on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s bipartisan and unanimous passage of the bill out of…

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The harsh realities of increasing the NIH budget ?>

The harsh realities of increasing the NIH budget

Ben Corb explores proposed budgetary increases to the National Institute of Health and if they have any chance of becoming reality. So while we support and truly appreciate the spirit of these spending bills as it relates to seeing the value and putting a priority on investments in biomedical research, we should underscore to policy makers that budgetary policy need not be a zero-sum game. The spending caps established by Congress are a self-inflicted wound. If Congress would spend time…

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House appropriations bill moves forward ?>

House appropriations bill moves forward

Yesterday, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill that would fund the National Institute of Health at $31.2 billion. This marks the first time in four years that the LHHS funding bill has passed out of committee.