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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


President Signs Two Week Continuing Resolution, Preventing Partial Government Shutdown

December 7, 2018

President Trump Dec. 7 signed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to prevent a partial government shutdown and provide appropriations at the fiscal year (FY) 2018 level through Dec. 21 for the seven unfunded appropriations bills.


Joint Select Committee Concludes Without Advancing Budget Reform Legislation

November 30, 2018

The Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform (Select Committee) Nov. 29 voted on its legislative proposal, failing to achieve the 10 votes needed to advance the measure.


Joint Select Committee Holds Markup, Releases Budget Proposal

November 16, 2018

The Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform (Select Committee) Nov. 15 began a markup of its proposed legislative changes to the current budget and appropriations process, opting to conclude consideration of the measure Nov. 27.


AAMC Responds to Report on Administration of Extramural Funding for VA Researchers

November 9, 2018

The AAMC Nov. 1 sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Chief Research and Development Officer Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD, in response to a September 2018 report titled “Study on Veterans Affairs (VA) Extramural Funding.” The VA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) commissioned the independent research organization Westat to collect information about the administration of extramural research funding to VA researchers.


FY 2018 Budget Deficit Report Released, President Directs Cabinet to Consider 5% Cuts

October 26, 2018

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney Oct. 15 announced that the deficit in fiscal year (FY) 2018 amounts to $779 billion, a $113 billion (17%) increase over FY 2017 and the highest deficit in six years.


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