President Obama released the first part of his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 on March 4, 2014, with additional details expected in coming days. While the president’s budget is often viewed as a clear indication of the Administration’s priorities, much of the usual controversy over spending recommendations has been largely avoided this year due to the budget agreement  passed by Congress in December that sets top-line spending levels for FY 2014 and FY 2015.
Interestingly, the budget request also proposes $56 billion in “stimulus” funding over the FY 2015 spending cap to be divided equally between defense and non-defense programs. While this additional funding includes many priorities important to our community, the fact that it goes beyond the budget agreement may be problematic for many Members of Congress.
Here are a few quick highlights of the President’s FY 2015 budget with policy implications for the Parkinson’s community:
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Department of Defense (DoD) Parkinson’s Research
As a congressionally-directed program, the DoD program is not listed in the president’s budget request to Congress, but the overall budget request includes resources to support research initiatives.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The budget request supports full funding for programs and initiatives related to the ACA.
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PAN will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Date originally posted: March 5, 2014.