NIH Gains in Appropriations Budget, but Falls Short of Need

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On Thursday, July 13, 2017, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations (LHHS) Subcommittee approved the Fiscal Year 2018 budget by a party-line vote. One of the largest of 12 annual appropriations bills, the LHHS bill provides a $5 billion reduction in funding to the Department of Health and Human Services as compared to enacted 2017 funding. However, the legislation provides for a few exemptions from the cuts, including a $1.1 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health.

Under the normal appropriations process as outlined by the Congressional Budget Act, the President presents their