Appropriators Deliver on Center Directorsí Call for NIH Increase

On April 30, House and Senate leaders reached a bipartisan deal to fund the government at updated levels through September. The $1 trillion budget deal must pass both Chambers and be signed by the president before the Continuing Resolution (CR) expires on Friday, May 5. The bill would provide the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with $34.084 billion for Fiscal Year 2017, an increase of $2 billion over Fiscal Year 2016, including the $352 million allocated in the 21st Century Cures Act. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) would receive $5.689 billion in Fiscal Year 2017, including $300 million from the 21st Century Cures Act to support the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The NCI amount reflects an increase of nearly $174.6 million over Fiscal Year 2016.

Last week, 80 cancer center directors signed letters to House and Senate appropriators, urging them to put forth a final spending package which includes an increase in NIH funding for Fiscal Year 2017. AACI is grateful for the efforts of leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as they delivered on a strong federal investment for the NIH and NCI.

The House Rules Committee will meet to consider the budget deal on Tuesday, and votes in the House and Senate are expected to follow. AACI urges you to continue your advocacy efforts and ask your member of Congress to vote in favor of the bill. Please thank your legislators for supporting a strong investment in the NIH and NCI in Fiscal Year 2017 and beyond.