Good news out of Congress the other night on the FY11 budget.
A GOP proposal was on the table to cut about $1.5 billion from the NIH budget for FY11.
An amendment was introduced by Rep Alcee Hastings (D-FL) to eliminate reductions in funding for CDC, NIH and HRSA. It passed by a voice vote. The whole bill passed the House early this morning. In my mind, it's doubtful that the Senate will pass any reductions to NIH - so, the final compromise bill is likely safe from any cuts.
Thank you, Rep Hastings !!
So, this FY2011 budget is nearly resolved now, and details on how it impacts our cause are now emerging.
We're looking at over 1 BILLION dollars in cuts to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
This represents a relatively small percentage of the total funding. Of course, that doesn't mean much if the billion dollars cut would have found a treatment, does it? Just for reference, the bill includes $5 BILLION in ADDITIONAL funding for defense.
These numbers are all compared to FY2010 funding levels.
From news reports...
Details released today indicate that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would receive $30.7 billion, or $260 million below the 2010 level. The 0.8% cut includes $210 million spread across all 27 NIH institutes and centers and the director's office, and $50 million from a buildings account. (Adding a 0.2% across-the-board cut in all non-defense agencies, the total cut will be about $300 million, says David Moore of the Association of American Medical Colleges.)
Under the CR agreement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will receive $5.66 billion, which is a cut of $730 million from the FY 2010 funding level