The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved its fiscal year 2011 funding bill on Thursday, July 15 by a vote of 11-5.
The bill would provide $76.7 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services. This is $3.8 billion more than last year’s funding level and about $270 million more than the President requested.
For the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the bill would provide $32 billion. This is an increase of $1 billion over last year’s funding level or about a 3.2% increase and is equal to the President’s request for NIH. The funding for NIH includes $50 million for the Cures Acceleration Network.
Chairman Obey’s statement identifies NIH funding as one of the bill’s priorities:
“this year’s bill puts the emphasis on translating basic research results into practical and available cures and treatments. Among other things, it permits NIH to use up to $50 million to launch a newly authorized program aimed at that objective, which is called the Cures Acceleration Network.”
For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the bill would provide nearly $6.8 billion. This is an increase of $32 million over last year’s funding level and $170 million over the President’s request. The bill also appropriates an additional $594 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to the CDC.
The CDC funding includes:
- $7.6 billion for the Health Resources and Services Administration
- $3.58 billion for the Substance Abuse and the Mental Health Services Administration
- $411 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to consider its funding bill on Thursday.