C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition would like to thank Representatives Kay Granger (R-TX) and Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) for their continued leadership on colorectal cancer issues in Congress. With the recent reintroduction of The Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Act (HR 1189), they have taken the initial steps needed to pass legislation that in the end has the potential to save thousands of lives. Read the rest of this entry »
On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee released details on the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act. Included in this omnibus package is the FY 2009 Labor-HHS-Educations Appropriations bill. This appropriations bill contains funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, most Federal health and education programs are funded at their FY 2008 levels by a continuing resolution passed last year. Read the rest of this entry »
After passage in both the House and Senate on Friday, President Barack Obama is set to sign the very controversial $787 billion economic stimulus package in Denver today. Read the rest of this entry »
As I reported yesterday the House and Senate have come to an agreement in conference on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – a.k.a. the Stimulus Package. House leadership has just announced that a final House vote on the bill will not take place until Friday. Senate passage is also expected by week’s end.
We now know that the conference report contains $10 billion for the NIH ($8.5 billion for research and $1.5 billion for extramural facility improvements), $1 billion for prevention, $1.1 billion for comparative effectiveness research (including an additional $400 million for research at the NIH), and $500 million for HRSA health professionals programs.
Conferees for both the House and Senate have come to an agreement on a stimulus package. Both chambers agreed on a $789 billion price tag. “The bills were really quite similar, and I’m pleased to announce that we’ve been able to bridge those differences,” said Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV).
“Like any negotiation, this involved give and take, and if you don’t mind my saying so, that’s an understatement,” he said. (CNN.com, 2-11-09)
No word yet on the final amount for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Senate version provided a total of $10 billion to the agency.