The Senate Appropriations Committee has released initial details on the second, domestic supplemental they are currently crafting. It appears the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be provided with an additional $500 million under the legislation, the same amount C3 has been advocating for.
Prospects for the bill remain uncertain as Republicans have voiced only halfhearted support. Below is detailed information the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), has released on the legislation. This issue is expected to be a high priority when legislators return following the August recess.
• $570 million for nutrition programs;
• $792 million in loans and grants for rural community facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, health and safety vehicles and equipment, and adult and child care facilities;
• $500 million for NIH for grants for studies on cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and other diseases;
• $350 million to improve hospital care in Louisiana and Mississippi;
• $172 million for USDA to upgrade computer programs and implement the farm bill;
• $91 million to address public health and social services needs after natural disasters; and
• $26 million for CDC to treat infectious diseases.