The Senate Appropriations Committee approved draft legislation June 28 that increases spending for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The bipartisan measure would allocate $39.1 billion to the NIH 2019 fiscal year budget, $5 billion more than President Trump’s budget request. The $2 billion Senate increase surpasses the House’s proposed $1.25 billion increase above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level, demonstrating strong bicameral support for the NIH’s mission and medical research objectives.
The Senate appropriations bill includes the following budgetary provisions:
- $2.34 billion for Alzheimer’s research
- $376 million for the All of Us precision medicine study, a $86 million increase
- $3.7 billion for opioid treatment and recovery
- $560 million for the Clinical and Translational Science Award, a $17.32 million increase
- $429.4 million for the BRAIN Initiative to map the human brain, a $29 million increase
- Increases to every NIH institute and center to continue investments in innovative research to advance fundamental knowledge and speed development of new therapies, diagnostics and preventive measures
The House Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up its draft bill after the July 4th recess.