On July 19th the House of Representatives approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill by a vote of 276 to 140. The bill increases the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to $29.649 billion, an increase of $740 million he Grassroots to above FY 2007 appropriation and $1.028 above the Bush request. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is provided $4.87 billion, an increase of $72.743 million over the FY 2007 amount.
These numbers are nowhere near the request of the Cancer Community.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a Labor-HHS-Education bill that would increase NIH funding by 2.8 percent. This bill will not be considered by the full Senate until September.
President Bush has threatened to veto the Labor-HHS bill unless overall spending is reduced.
These numbers will hurt the progress that has been made in cancer research. It will be up to the Advocate Community to get this message out during the August Congressional recess.