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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


Senate Begins Floor Consideration of FY 2019 Labor-HHS Funding Bill

August 17, 2018

The Senate agreed Aug. 15 by unanimous consent to begin debate on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) spending bill. The debate is the first time this bill has been considered on the Senate floor since 2007.


Health Professions Organizations Urge Full-Funding for HRSA Workforce Programs

July 27, 2018

The Health Professions Nursing and Education Coalition (HPNEC) sent a July 18 letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership restating the coalition’s recommendation of $690 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs for fiscal year 2019.


VA Committees Consider Legislation, Advance Secretary Nominee

July 20, 2018

Both the House and Senate, the weeks of July 9 and 16, conducted business meetings and markups pertaining to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issues.


House Appropriations Committee Approves Labor-HHS Bill

July 13, 2018

The House Appropriations Committee July 11 amended and approved its FY 2019 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill by a vote of 30-22. This follows the Labor-HHS subcommittee’s markup and passage of the draft bill on June 15 [see Washington Highlights, June 15].


Senate Approves VA Spending; House VA Committee Approves Series of Bills

June 29, 2018

Ranging from House subcommittees to the full Senate, Congress considered Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) funding, legislative proposals affecting the VA, and the president’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs.


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Testimony and Correspondence