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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

AAMC, Coalitions Submit Testimony to House Appropriators for FY 2020

April 19, 2019

The AAMC and two of the coalitions it leads submitted statements April 8 for the record to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittees, which determine funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other programs under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

NIH Director Testifies Before Senate Appropriations Subcommittee

April 12, 2019

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, and six directors of NIH institutes April 11 testified on the fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget proposal before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS).

House Deems Increased Budget Cap as Bipartisan Discussions on Legislation Begin

April 12, 2019

The House April 9 adopted a resolution to “deem” the overall discretionary budget cap at $1.295 trillion in fiscal year (FY) 2020, enabling the Appropriations Committee to begin drafting and considering the 12 annual spending bills at higher funding levels than currently permitted in statute.

House Budget Committee Advances Legislation to Raise Spending Caps

April 5, 2019

The House Committee on the Budget April 3 approved, 19-17, the Investing for the People Act of 2019 (H.R. 2021), which would raise discretionary spending caps above the levels set forth in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25) for defense and nondefense programs in fiscal years (FYs) 2020 and 2021.

HHS Secretary Testifies Before Senate Appropriations Committee on President’s Budget Proposal

April 5, 2019

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar April 4 testified on the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget proposal [see Washington Highlights, March 15 and March 22] before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS).

On Government Affairs

Testimony and Correspondence