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                                                                                                      AUGUST 2009

HOUSE AND SENATE MOVE TOWARD NEGOTIATIONS ON NIH SPENDING BILL

 

Both chambers reject the President's budget proposal to increase funding for cancer research

When Congress returns to work in September, a key item on the agenda will be to pass the spending bill that contains funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Before adjourning for the August recess, each chamber produced its own version of the Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor HHS-Education) Appropriations Bill, setting the stage for negotiations to occur between House and Senate members in order to reach common ground on a single spending bill that can be sent to the President.

One issue for negotiators will be a $500 million discrepancy in funding for the NIH in the next fiscal year. The Senate bill, which has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and is expected to soon be approved by the full Senate, would increase the NIH budget by $442 million or 1.4 percent over the FY2009 level, bringing the total budget to $30.8 billion. This increase is equal to the President's budget request that was released in May, but $500 million below the level that the House of Representatives has approved.

Both chambers were outright in their rejection of President Obama's proposal to commence an eight-year effort to double funding for cancer research in FY2010. A report accompanying the Senate appropriations bill explained that targeting money at specific diseases would set a "dangerous precedent" by allowing politics to interfere with the professional expertise of the medical research community.

 

Fiscal Year 2010 Proposed Investments in Biomedical Research:

 

FY2009

FY2010

Appropriation

 President's Proposal          

U.S. House

(approved by full House)

U.S. Senate

(approved by Senate Appropriations Committee)

Amount

(millions)

Amount

(millions)

Amount

(millions)

Amount

(millions)

NIH

$30.32

 $30.76

$30.97

$30.76

NCI

$4,964

$5,150

$5,150

N/A

 

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