This week both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved their FY2019 - 302 (b) allocations for each of their 12 Appropriations Subcommittees. This is the total amount of discretionary dollars given to each committee for their individual spending bills. The Senate Appropriations Committee provides the Labor-HHS subcommittee with $2 billion above the FY2018 allocation while the House Appropriations Committee provides Labor-HHS with level funds for FY2019 when compared with the FY2018 level. These spending levels mean that we will need to continue to make our case that funding for cancer research & prevention programs need to remain a top Congressional priority going forward.
Although we are still waiting for movement in the House and/or Senate to move on the Labor HHS Appropriations bill, both sides have been very busy working on their Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Both the House bill completed in Committee last week and the Senate bill completed in full Committee today include a $5 million increase for the OCE (Oncology Center of Excellence) for a total of $20 million. (Source: OVAC, May 2018)