Late Sunday night (April 30), members of Congress reached a bipartisan deal on government spending through September of this year that included an additional $2 billion over current appropriations for the National Institutes of Health.
The NIH funding hike includes an extra $400 million to research Alzheimer’s disease and an additional $476 million for the National Cancer Institute. And it boosts spending on two of former President Barack Obama’s big science projects: the Precision Medicine Initiative, which will get an increase of $120 million as it seeks to recruit volunteers for genetic testing and health tracking; and the BRAIN Initiative, which will get an extra $110 million to support work mapping the human brain.
The House and Senate are expected to vote on the new budget package by Thursday (5/4/2017 – TODAY!!).
“Drastic cuts to the National Institutes of Health budget run counter to the priorities of our nation, national security and the aspirations of Americans,” Research!America President Mary Woolley said in a statement at the time. Lawmakers who’ve supported funding increases were similarly displeased.