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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.

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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If this isn't war, then now peace concerns me ?>

If this isn't war, then now peace concerns me

Earlier this week, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, penned an op-ed for Politico titled, “No, the GOP Is Not at War With Science.” It is an eye-catching title for a science policy advocate like myself who is looking to read the tea leaves on what this new Congress will be like