On Monday, April 29, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations (LHHS) Subcommittee released their Fiscal Year 2020 budget. The draft provides a total of $41.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $2 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $6.9 billion above President Trump’s budget request.
The LHHS increase is a direct result of the countless emails, meetings, and phone calls made by members of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to their legislators and constitute a significant victory for the more than 40 million Americans living with kidney diseases. While the LHHS appropriations falls short of ASN’s request from earlier this year for $2.5 billion for NIH, with a proportional increase to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the appropriated increase is a welcome effort to sustain current research levels and keep pace with medical inflation.
The legislation is scheduled for a full markup by the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, May 8, and will then be voted on in the full House floor before being sent to the Senate. ASN will continue to monitor and support the bill’s passage through Congress, while advocating for the full $2.5 billion that ASN called for earlier this yer.