On behalf of its 31 member societies, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) thanks members of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee for their continued leadership in increasing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget. The draft bill that passed July 12 increased funding for NIH by $1 billion in the FY 2018 Labor-HHS spending bill. Harmful proposals in the president’s budget to restructure NIH funding were rejected.
“The thousands of researchers our societies represent will continue to carry out their important work in labs nationwide,” said Thomas O. Baldwin, PhD, FASEB President. “The exceedingly deep cuts in the president’s budget request – had they been realized – would have done great harm to our nation’s scientific enterprise. Our deep thanks to Chairman Cole and members of the Labor-HHS subcommittee for their courage and foresight in passing this draft bill.”
Steady, sustained research funding will allow U.S. researchers to realize discoveries that will cure disease and improve human health. Given the substantive increases in NIH funding in FY 2016 and FY 2017, this proposed increase is vital for completing the important work already underway.
FASEB encourages Congress to follow the Labor-HHS Subcommittee’s lead by supporting a bipartisan budget agreement to increase spending caps. Without this agreement, final passage of the spending bills remains in jeopardy.