“Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan agreement on Sunday to fund the government through September, avoiding a shutdown of federal agencies, according to reporting from The Hill, citing two senior congressional aides.
The agreement, will still must be voted on by lawmakers, includes a $2 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through September, according to a summary of the 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Bill.
The $2 billion boost for NIH is in direct contrast to President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut $1.2 billion from the medical research agency in the current fiscal year.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, in a statement, “The omnibus is in sharp contrast to President Trump’s dangerous plans to steal billions from lifesaving medical research, instead increasing funding for the NIH by $2 billion.”
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) commended Congressional leaders for finding compromise on fiscal year 2017 funding levels, specifically the increases to NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Douglas Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D., AMIA president and CEO, said these funding increases will “enable important research, mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act, and provide much-needed funds to address the deepening opioid crisis.”
“The $2 billion increase to NIH funding is…”
G2X TAKE: NIH is clearly the biggest winner with their $2B increase, but many HHS contractors can breathe a little easier in the short term as the recently agreed-upon bipartisan agreement provides stability in FY17 and a boost to key areas such as Opioid abuse and TeleHealth. FY18 is expected to be a different case.