House Appropriations Labor-HHS (Health & Human Services) Markup – July 11
The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) bill today. This follows a June 15 markup of the draft fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill in the L-HHS Subcommittee. The measure provides a total of $38.3 billion for NIH, an increase of $1.25 billion above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level and $4.1 billion above the President's budget request. The draft bill was passed out of subcommittee by voice vote, with Democratic opposition.
Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY 2019 Spending Bill
The Senate Appropriations Committee June 28 approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill (S. 3158, S.Rept. 115-289), approved by the subcommittee two days earlier. The bill provides a program level of $39.1 billion for the NIH, a $2 billion (5.4 %) increase over the comparable FY 2018 funding level. The committee report estimates that the funding level in the bill would support over 11,400 new and competing grants in FY 2019. Under the Senate bill, all institutes and centers would receive at least a 3.2 percent increase over the FY 2018 funding levels. Special recognition and appreciation to Chair Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) for their bipartisan efforts on the bill.
(Source: Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research)