Congress is poised to pass a funding bill this week that includes a $2.6 billion increase for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The measure, agreed upon by both House and Senate conference committee members, also provides $296 million increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Senate Committee Proposes $3 Billion Increase For Medical Research Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee (LHHS) posted a draft FY 2020 spending bill today that includes a $3 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a $5 million increase for cancer registries and a $1 million increase for skin cancer programs, both of which operate at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) President Lisa Lacasse follows:
“ACS CAN applauds Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) for their outstanding commitment to increased medical research funding through the NIH. The $3 billion increase would go a long way toward fueling new medical discoveries that can help prevent, diagnose and treat a disease that claims the lives of more than 600,000 Americans each year.
“Senators Blunt and Murray should also be commended for boosting funding for cancer registries. These registries serve as the backbone of our nation’s cancer research and prevention initiatives and new funding will help CDC to modernize the current system.
“We urge Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to increase cancer research and prevention funding in the final package for FY 2020.”