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July 17, 2020

House appropriators approve FY21 Labor-HHS, MilCon-VA and Defense spending bills

The House Appropriations Committee and its subcommittees have recently marked up and passed the Labor-HHS-Education, MilCon-VA and Defense funding bills for FY 2021.
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The bills will next move to the House floor for a vote and then head over to Conference with the Senate. Here is a breakdown of the funding allocations applicable to our profession: 

Labor-HHS-Education Funding Bill  

National Institutes of Health (NIH): $47 billion – $5.5 billion or 13.2% above FY2020

  • Annual appropriations: $42 billion
  • A $500 million increase over fiscal year (FY) 2020 (1.2%)
  • Cancer Moonshot: $195 million
  • Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: NIAID to maintain funding for related research
  • Supplemental emergency appropriations: $5 billion
  • $2.5 billion to be distributed across NIH proportionate to each institutes FY2020 funding level
  • Increases in funding for each institute by at least 7%

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): $8 billion – $232 million above FY2020

  • Inflammatory bowel disease: $1 million for health promotion
  • Colorectal cancer: $44.2 million for cancer prevention and control
  • $1 million increase to identify risk factors associated with the increase in colorectal cancer among younger adults and trends based on race and socioeconomic status.
  • Antibiotic resistance Initiative: $175 million to fund research activities that address aspects of antibiotic resistance.
  • Supplemental emergency appropriations: $9 billion to improve preparedness for public health emergencies.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): $7.2 billion

  • Health centers program: $1.65 billion
  • Bureau of Health Professions: $1.2 billion to support health care workforce
  • Rural health programs, including increases for telehealth and rural hospitals: $334 million

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): $343 million – $5 million over FY2020

  • Combating antimicrobial resistance: $10 million

Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA): $562 million

  • Advanced research and development of antibiotics: $500 million
  • Supplemental emergency appropriations: $4.5 billion

Defense Funding Bill

Defense Health Program (DHP):

  • Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP): $1.02 billion
  • Pancreatic Cancer Research Program: $10 million – $4 million over FY2020
  • Peer-reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP): $110 million
  • The following GI related cancers remained on the program’s list of allowable areas of research:
  • Stomach cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Esophageal cancer

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Funding Bill

Veterans’ Affairs (VA)

  • VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program: $840 million, an increase of $40 million (5%) over FY 2020

As the Senate moves through the appropriations process, we will be in consistent communication with congressional offices to ensure:

  • AGA’s submitted congressional language on AGA’s FMT National Registry is placed in the Labor-HHS-Education report
  • NIH is funded at $44.7 billion
  • The VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program is funded at $860 million
  • GI-specific diseases are included as topic areas in the CDMRP
  • The Pancreatic Cancer Research Program continues as a separate line item in the CDMRP
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