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The AAMC and its members work with Congress and the administration to promote federal budget policies that will benefit all Americans by:

  • Strengthening the nation’s system of medical education;

  • Ensuring that safe, quality care is provided to all who need it; and

  • Supporting improved health and innovation through biomedical, behavioral, and health services research.

Federal investments in health, research, and education agencies under the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill and other annual spending bills are critical to supporting AAMC members in their primary missions of providing access to high-quality health care for all Americans and leading the way on scientific discovery that fuels future medical advances and educating the next generation of health care providers.

Likewise, other budget platforms—such as the president’s annual budget request, the Congressional budget resolution, and other fiscal proposals and analyses—can affect the ability of medical schools and teaching hospitals to promote the health of the American people and serve as economic engines for their communities, states, and the nation.


News and Updates


House Begins Debate on FY 2020 Labor-HHS Spending Bill

June 14, 2019

The House June 12 began debate on a $985 billion four-bill spending package (H.R. 2740) that includes the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee May 8 with increased funding over FY 2019 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other health care priorities.


House Appropriators Include Historic Rider to Restrict Gene Editing Review at FDA

June 7, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee June 4 agreed by voice vote to an amendment to the FY 2020 Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spending bill to reinstate restrictions on FDA’s ability to review applications for clinical trials involving human gene editing.


House Appropriations Committee Approves MilCon-VA FY 2020 Spending Bill

May 10, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee May 9 approved its fiscal year (FY) 2020 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) spending bill by a vote of 31-21. This markup follows the May 1 subcommittee markup and approval of the draft bill [see Washington Highlights, May 3], and May 8 full committee approval of 302(b) allocations for all appropriations bills [see related story].


House Appropriations Committee Approves Labor-HHS-ED FY 2020 Spending Bill

May 10, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee May 8 approved its fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) by a party line vote of 30-23. The committee also approved the 302(b) allocations for all twelve appropriations subcommittees by a party line vote of 30-22.


House Subcommittee Approves Draft FY 2020 Spending Bill for Department of Veterans Affairs

May 3, 2019

The House Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Subcommittee May 1 approved its draft fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bill, teeing up full committee consideration as soon as the week of May 6.


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