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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 Clears Two-Year Budget Deal for President’s Signature

August 2, 2019

The Senate Aug. 1 approved, 67-28, a House-passed budget agreement (H.R. 3877) that would suspend the debt ceiling through July 31, 2021 and would revise discretionary spending caps in fiscal years (FYs) 2020 and 2021 [see Washington Highlights, July 26]. The bill now awaits the signature of the president, who has indicated his support.


Budget Caps Legislation Clears Path for Consideration of Spending Bills

July 26, 2019

The House July 25 approved, 284-149, a budget agreement (H.R. 3877) that would suspend the debt ceiling through July 31, 2021, would revise discretionary spending caps in fiscal years (FYs) 2020 and 2021, and would allow Congress to move forward with the appropriations process, which had stalled while congressional and administration negotiators deliberated a budget deal.


House Passes FY 2020 Package with Funding for VA Health and Research

June 28, 2019

The House of Representatives June 25 approved a five-bill spending package (H.R. 3055) including the Military Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2020. One Democrat joined all Republicans in voting against the measure with a final vote of 227-194.


House Passes FY 2020 Spending Package With Funding for HHS, Other Agencies

June 21, 2019

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, June 19 praised the House of Representatives  for approving a 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. Seven Democrats joined all House Republicans in voting against the bill, for a final tally of 226-203.


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.


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