The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) applauds a proposed $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that was included in the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today. The bipartisan spending bill provides NIH with $34.1 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, following a similar increase in FY 2016.
On behalf of 30 member societies and 125,000 researchers in biological and biomedical science, FASEB expresses its deep appreciation to LHHS Subcommittee Chairman, Senator Roy Blunt, and ranking member, Senator Patty Murray for their efforts to make NIH funding a priority.
“Biomedical research is the key to medical innovation,” said FASEB President Parker Antin, PhD. “We encourage the House to follow the Senate’s lead in making increased funding for research a bipartisan priority.”