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Senate Subcommittee Seeks $3B Boost to NIH Budget

NEW YORK — A US Senate subcommittee said today that it is recommending a $3 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health's budget for fiscal year 2020.

Under the proposed Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill, the NIH would receive a 7.7 percent funding boost over the FY2019 level to $42.1 billion, with increases going to each of its institutes and centers. The bill specifically calls for an additional $71 million for the BRAIN Initiative for total funding of $500 million, as well as an added $161 million for the All of Us initiative that would bring its budget to $500 million.

The President's Childhood Cancer Data Initiative would receive $50 million in new funding, Alzheimer's disease research at the NIH would receive a $350 million budget increase to $2.82 billion, and the Combat Antibiotic Resistance Bacteria program would receive a $50 million budget increase to $600 million.

"I'm proud that we continue our pattern of increasing funding for groundbreaking medical research at the National Institutes of Health," Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), chairman of the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, said in a statement. "The $3 billion NIH increase in this bill marks a 40 percent increase over the past five years, paving the way for new advances that are giving hope to millions of families."

In October, President Trump signed into law the appropriations package that increased the NIH's FY2019 budget by $2 billion, which received bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.