Senate Appropriations Committee Calls for Modest Increase to the NIH in 2014; Additional Sequestration Cuts Still Possible
The Senate's Fiscal Year 2014 Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS)-Education Appropriations Bill pprovides $30.9 billion to the NIH, which is an increase of about $300 million above the Fiscal Year 2013 funding level prior to sequestration. The legislation also allocates $337.7 million to the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), approximately the same funding level as Fiscal Year 2013 prior to the sequestration cuts. Although the House of Representatives has not yet released the details of its Fiscal Year 2014 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill, they have called for an 18% cut to the top-line number of the bill. This will likely result in a gap (of about $42 billion) between the House and Senate bills that will be too large to marry, and this will mean that the budgets for federal agencies, including the NIH, will likely be subject to a Continuing Resolution (CR). A CR would fund the NIH and its Institutes at last year's levels, while also leaving the agency vulnerable to Year Two of sequestration. This additional year of sequestration would mean a cut to the NIH of approximately 7%.
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