Appropriators close to finalizing FY 2014 spending package

Next week, Congress is expected to unveil a $1.012 trillion spending package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The legislation, also referred to as an “omnibus” because it will likely include language from all 12 of the annual appropriations bills, was made possible after the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 in mid-December 2013. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have worked over the past few weeks and throughout the holidays to redraft appropriations bills, and Congressional leaders are confident that both chambers will pass the legislation before January 16, the expiration date of current funding levels.
Although no details have been released, including funding levels for individual agencies and programs, the package is expected to include overall increases for non-defense spending. With just a few days left to influence the legislation, it is essential that we speak out now to strengthen funding for the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Defense Parkinson’s research program -  all of which support efforts to deliver new treatments to people with Parkinson’s.

Contact your Members of Congress today to tell them to support these important programs as part of the final FY 2014 spending package!

Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.

Have questions? Please contact Jamie Tucker at [email protected]

Date originally posted:  January 3, 2014.