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Mikulski, Cardin Introduce Bill to Increase NIH Funding

February 6, 2015—Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Jan. 29 introduced the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act (S. 318), which would allow Congress to restore the purchasing power of the NIH’s budget to what it would have been if it had kept up with inflation since 2003 by creating a new Budget Control Act cap adjustment for NIH.

In a Feb. 5 press release, Ranking Member Mikulski said, “This legislation will redouble our commitment to NIH science and research, investing in the health of American families and the future of our next generation of scientists and innovators. With a robust federal research funding, patients suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s to the dreaded diagnosis of cancer will know they have a doctor at their bedside and a researcher in the lab working to help them.”

The House version of the bill was introduced by Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), and Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Jan. 26 [see Washington Highlights, January 30].


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