Health and Education Spending Bill Making Way Through Congress

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education approved the bill to fund research for NIH, CDC, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationfor Fiscal Year 2010. In all of these cases, the House subcommittee approved more funds than even President Obama had requested, but it still needs to go to the full House to vote.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education ‘marked up’ (approved) the bill to fund programs in those federal departments for Fiscal Year 2010. At press time the bill was expected to reach the floor of the full House for a vote on or near July 24, 2009.

Highlights of the legislation include:

  • National Institutes of Health: $31.3 billion, $500 million above the President’s request and $942 million above the 2009 level, an approximate increase of 3 percent;

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): $6.7 billion, $38 million above the President’s request and $67 million above 2009;

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: $1 billion, $22 million above the President’s request and $39 million above 2009.

Along with 156 other scientific and health advocacy organizations, APA cosigned a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the House Appropriations Committee to express thanks for their support: “We sincerely appreciate that the Subcommittee bill provides an increase for NIH that exceeds the President’s budget request by $500 million, especially since the bill also funds many other critical human services programs.” APA continues to advocate for an increase to the NIH budget of at least 7 percent for Fiscal Year 2010.

View a committee-prepared summary of the bill and view full text of the bill. Watch for further updates in Psychological Science Agenda and SPIN.