Funding Measure for NIH, CDC and Domestic Reproductive Programs Becomes Law

Funding Measure for NIH, CDC and Domestic Reproductive Programs Becomes Law

Congress approved a $855 billion fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill (HR 6157) that funds multiple agencies of the federal government, including the Departments of Defense, Labor, Education and Health and Human Services. The Senate voted 93-7 and the House voted 361-61 to approve the measure.  President Trump signed the measure into law today. 

The bill includes a total of $90.5 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services. Importantly, it provides the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with a little over $39 billion for fiscal year 2019, a $2 billion increase to the fiscal year 2018 amount, which will provide a significant boost for important research programs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will receive $7.9 billion in funding for fiscal year 2019, $354 million below the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will receive $6.8 billion, which is $107 million above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is provided $338 million, $4 million above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.

The legislation also includes a stopgap funding provision to allow the government to be funded through Dec. 7 to avert a partial shutdown of agencies because not all of the twelve annual appropriations measures will be passed by Congress before the required October 1 deadline. Differences remain between the House and Senate on a third package of four combined funding bills.

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