December 19, 2019

Congress Approves Spending Bills Covering Future Medical Research

The U.S. Senate voted 71–23 on Dec. 19 to pass H.R. 1865, a package of seven fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills including the budget for Labor-Health and Human Services.

The bill allocates $41.7 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $2.6 billion above FY19 and $7.5 billion above the President’s budget request.

The bill also provides $338 million to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The funds will continue to support the following NIH research initiatives, including:

  • $500 million for ‘All of Us’ precision medicine research
  • $500 million for Brain Research through Application of Innovative Neurotechnologies
  • $195 million for Cancer Moonshot
  • $50 million for Childhood Cancer Data Initiative

The Senate passage follows a Dec. 17 approval by the House of Representatives.

To avert a government shutdown, President Trump will need to sign the legislation into law before midnight Dec. 20.