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Jul 12, 2018
 |  BC Extra  |  Politics & Policy

Congress poised to top Trump funding for NIH, CDC

The House Appropriations Committee approved an appropriations bill on Wednesday that calls for a $1.3 billion FY19 funding increase for NIH and a $427 million bump for CDC over FY18, despite the Trump administration's recommendations for steep cuts. The funding levels are in line with a proposal from the Senate Appropriations Committee last month.

The House committee also added an amendment from Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) that would require a report on drug pricing. In a tweet, Democrats on the House committee said the report would focus on increases since 2008.

In the House bill, new NIH funding would include a $401 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research, a $147 million increase for the All of Us precision medicine initiative, a $100 million increase for the Cancer Moonshot initiative and a $602 million increase for other programs. If passed, Congress would allocate a total of $38.3 billion for NIH funding in FY19, $4.1 billion higher than the Trump administration's budget request.

The legislation would allocate $7.6 billion for CDC, $2 billion higher than the Trump administration's budget request.

On June 28, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the bill, which would increase NIH's budget to $39.1 billion and CDC's to $7.9 billion for FY19 over FY18.

If both bills are passed by the full House and Senate, respectively, the bills would need to be reconciled.

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