BREAKTHROUGHS BLOG

July 30, 2013

Federal budget update, Part 2: DoD, CDC, FDA, and NIH

Policy and Advocacy Officer
GHTC

 

As we discussed yesterday, lawmakers in the House and Senate have been busy with several pieces of legislation that would fund global health and research efforts across the federal government. Our first post yesterday detailed implications for global health research and development (R&D) activities at the US Department of State and US Agency for International Development. Today, we provide highlights for other key agencies involved in global health R&D.

Labor-HHS

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved legislation to fund the Labor, Health, and Human Services (HHS) account, which includes support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, there is no House version of this bill—a hearing scheduled for last week was canceled—so while we don’t have those figures to compare funding levels with, we do know that the House allocation for this account is drastically lower than the Senate version.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate have been busy with several pieces of legislation that would fund global health and research efforts across the federal government. including the DoD, CDC, FDA, and NIH.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate have been busy with several pieces of legislation that would fund global health and research efforts across the federal government. including the DoD, CDC, FDA, and NIH.

FDA

Defense

As we pointed out yesterday, it’s clear that many global health R&D programs are being flat-funded year after year. If Congress is unable to reach a long-term budget deal, sequestration cuts will take effect again, further hampering efforts to develop urgently needed new technologies. Congressional policymakers could still reverse this trend by fully funding global health and health research programs through the FY 2014 budget conference later this year, as well as through negotiations around the impending debate on the US debt ceiling. However, with the difficult political climate, it’s unclear whether they will take advantage of this important opportunity.

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