Senate Begins Work on NIH Funding; House Advances $16 Million for DoD Parkinson's Research

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) has approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 appropriations bill, which includes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The bill recommends a $605 million increase over current spending for NIH to $30.4 billion, as well as a $25 million increase for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), which has recently adopted 31 Parkinson’s research priority recommendations. The bill also meets the President’s budget request of $100 million for the BRAIN Initiative.

While the recommended funding level falls short of PAN’s request of $32 billion for NIH, the over a half-billion increase for the agency replaces funding lost during sequestration and is significant during a time when most federal spending is being held flat. A Committee report with additional details will be released when a full Senate Appropriations Committee markup is scheduled, and we will keep you updated as we learn more.

On the House side, the House Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill, which includes $16 million for the Department of Defense (DoD) Parkinson's research program. Thank you to all who took the time to reach out to your Representative in recent weeks - your outreach has once again made the difference. The bill is expected on the House floor in the next couple of weeks, and we will be reaching out again soon with opportunities to engage your Senators as the Senate begins work on its version of the Defense bill.

In the meantime, please take a minute to say thank you to your Representative for his/her support of the DoD Parkinson’s research program!

Date originally posted: June 13, 2014.