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Congressional Update

January 17, 2014

Late in December, the budget conference committee was able to come up with an agreement, the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA), which will fund the government for fiscal years 2014-15. It erases about half of the sequestration cuts in FY14 and lowers the U.S. deficit over 10 years. That left it up to the appropriations committees to determine the actual funding levels for each gov’t department.

Earlier this week, the House passed by a vote of 359-67 what is called an "omnibus appropriations bill", which is a single bill that includes funding for many different departments/programs. Senate passage is expected by the end of this week. The NIH falls under a department called Labor-HHS, which received $156.8 billion or $7 billion (4.7%) above the post-sequester FY13 spending level. The NIH is funded at $29.9 billion, which is about $827 million (2.8%) above FY2013 with the sequester. However, in comparison to the FY2013 level after transfers, the NIH was increased by $1 billion (3.5%). Included in the NIH number is $4.923 billion for the NCI, a $144 million (3%) increase over FY13.

Like everyone else, we are closely following development and will keep you updated as new information becomes available. Please visit our Action Center to learn how you can help ensure medical research funding continues to be a priority.

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