By Catherine Pugh, Government Relations Manager
On April 10, President Obama sent his Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget to Congress. While not binding, the President’s Budget sets the policy priorities of the Administration for the next year, and the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) is thrilled to see medical research, and specifically neurological research, is a priority.
In his budget, President Obama proposes $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction over ten years, as well as a reversal of the large, across-the-board, cuts (referred to as sequestration ) that went into effect in March of this year. Under the president’s proposal, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will see an increase of $471 million over the FY 2012 funding level. The budget also proposes an increase of $52 million for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the FY 2012 funding level. Funding for the Department of Defense Parkinson’s research program is not included in the President’s Budget, but is added during the Congressional budget process.
President Obama also made it clear that one of his priorities is neurological research through his proposal for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative . In the budget the NIH, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation, have collectively committed to approximately $100 million in funding in FY 2014 for this initiative.
PAN is working to ensure that Congress maintains a strong investment in NIH, the FDA, and the Department of Defense Parkinson’s research program and will send Action Alerts when key decision points arise and your voices need to be heard.
Date originally posted: April 24, 2013.