No final actions expected until after November elections
The fiscal year 2013 appropriations process continues to move ahead on schedule, but final decisions that could affect health research spending will almost certainly be delayed until after the November elections.
The Senate Appropriations Committee recently cleared a spending measure that would add $100 million to the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bringing the total to $30.723 billion in fiscal year 2013. This is a positive sign given the larger budgetary picture and fiscal challenges facing Congress.
Under the proposal, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) would receive an increase of approximately $15 million, and the Cures Acceleration Network at NIH would receive $40 million.
Funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would increase $55 million to $6.99 billion, and the bill would add $12 million to the CDC Office of Smoking and Health to help continue the “Tips from a Former Smoker” quit-smoking campaign and expand state quit-lines.
Spending levels in the House version of this bill, which appropriators may take up in July, will differ noticeably from the Senate's, as House appropriators will be operating with a lower overall allocation.