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Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Executive Vice President Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.

Budget and Appropriations

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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 Subcommittee Approves Draft Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

June 15, 2018

The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee June 15 approved its draft fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill, teeing up full committee consideration as soon as the week of June 18.


Senate Appropriators, House Approve FY 2019 MilCon-VA Spending Bills

June 8, 2018

The Senate Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Subcommittee June 5 and full Appropriations Committee June 7 held markups of the fiscal year (FY) 2019 MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill. The Subcommittee reported the bill favorably to the full committee by unanimous consent, followed by a favorable bipartisan vote of 31-0 in the full committee.


House and Senate Set FY 2019 Funding Allocations

May 25, 2018

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees May 23 and May 24, respectively, met to formally set funding levels, or 302(b) allocations, for all 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2019. While both chambers adhere to the topline $1.244 trillion discretionary spending cap established by the February budget deal [see Washington Highlights, Feb. 9], individual bill allocations differed between the two committees.


AAMC Testifies Before House VA Panel Regarding VA Research Partnerships

May 18, 2018

Paul Klotman, MD, president, chief executive officer, and executive dean of the Baylor College of Medicine, testified at a May 17 joint hearing of the House VA Subcommittee on Health and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations titled “VA Research: Focusing on Funding, Findings, and Partnerships.” In his testimony, Dr. Klotman highlighted the benefits, value, and innovations that result from VA research collaborations with medical schools as well as academic affiliations broadly. 


NIH Director Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee

May 18, 2018

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, M.D, Ph.D., accompanied by the directors of five NIH institutes, May 18 testified before the Senate Labor-HHS-Education (L-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee regarding the agency’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal. This follows a previous hearing before the House L-HHS Committee in April [see Washington Highlights, April 13].


On Government Affairs


Testimony and Correspondence