Alexander: Senate on Track to Provide Fourth Straight Year of Record Funding for Biomedical Research at National Institutes of Health

Posted on June 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2018 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said “the Senate is on track to provide the fourth straight year of record funding in a regular appropriations bill for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health.”

The Senate appropriations committee today passed legislation to approve $39.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, $3.7 billion to help fight the opioid epidemic, and raise the maximum Pell grant to $6,195 to help more students afford higher education.

“For the fourth straight year, the Senate is on track to provide record funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health in a regular appropriations bill—$2 billion additional dollars in the first year, $2 billion the second year, $3 billion the third year, and $2 billion this year, which is a 30% increase over the last four years. This commitment to biomedical research means more access to life-changing treatments and cures, and more medical miracles,” Alexander said. 

“I have suggested to President Trump that he make science and research part of his ‘America First’ agenda. The president has already signed into law two consecutive bills that provide record funding for science, technology, energy and biomedical research, and this bill would build on that.”

On opioid crisis funding: “This bill is also good news for our ongoing fight against the opioid crisis. It provides $3.7 billion for programs aimed at putting an end to opioid abuse, including $1.5 billion for State Opioid Response Grants, originally authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act. These grants will increase access to medication-assisted treatment in states like Tennessee.”

On charter school and education funding: “The legislation also provides $445 million for our nation’s charter schools, which give teachers more freedom and parents more choices—and give students a real opportunity to attend a good school that’s right for them. Additionally the legislation provides a $125 million increase for each of the three largest k-12 education funding accounts that would allow states to provide better education to disadvantaged students, support academic enrichment, and provide services for special education.  The bill also raises the maximum Pell grant to $6,195 to help more students afford higher education.”

The Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education Appropriations bill includes:

 

  • $39.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • $562 million for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).
  • $3.7 billion for programs to combat opioid abuse. 
  • $445 million for Charter Schools.
  • $15.9 billion for Title I Grants to local education agencies.
  • $1.2 Billion for Title IV-A Student Supports and Academic Enrichment Grants.
  •       $160 million for apprenticeship grants.

 

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill by a vote of 30-1.  The funding levels in the bill are consistent with the spending limits set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 approved by Congress, and signed by President Trump, in February. The bill is now ready for consideration by the full Senate.

 

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