December 22, 2019
ASA Commends Congress for Increase in NIH Funding
On December 20, President Trump signed into law the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, H.R. 1865, which among other provisions, includes the FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, providing $41.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This funding level represents an increase in NIH funding of $2.6 billion (6.7%) increase over the comparable FY 2019 funding level. It is the fifth consecutive increase of $2 billion or more for NIH since FY 2015.
As a member of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, a coalition of more than 200 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, academic and research organizations, ASA has supported increases in NIH funding. The Ad Hoc Group is dedicated to enhancing the federal investment in research. ASA joined several communications to Congress, encouraging action on the government spending bills. In October, over 300 organizations, including ASA, asked Congress to provide a meaningful increase in NIH funding.
ASA is pleased to see research funding a continued priority of Congress and the Administration. At LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE 2019, over 600 physician anesthesiologists advocated for support of brain health research. Additionally, ASA was a sponsor and participant in the Rally for Medical Research in September— a Capitol Hill Day event with around 350 organizations coming together to raise importance of investment in medical research.
The House approved the measure by a vote of 297-120 on December 17 and the Senate, on December 19, 71-23.