The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee last week approved its draft federal fiscal year (FY) 2024 spending bill. The bill now advances to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.
The bill would provide $44.6 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which represents a total $3.8 billion cut for NIH. This would include cuts to NIH’s base, a failure to restore funding reductions from the 21st Century Cures Act, and a reduction in new funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H).
The bill includes cuts to many institutes and centers of the NIH, including the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Additionally, the bill provides $500 million to the newly established ARPA-H, a cut of $1 billion below the enacted level.
The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) submitted congressional testimony in March, asking for $50.9 billion for NIH’s foundational work for FY 2024. This $3.465 billion increase over the comparable FY 2023 program level would allow NIH’s base budget to keep pace with the biomedical research and development price index.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee has not yet released its FY 2024 figures for NIH and the individual institutes and centers.
For more information, contact Katie Grady, ACR Government Affairs Director.