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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on House FY 2025 Labor-HHS Spending Bill

    Media Contacts

    Stuart Heiser, Senior Media Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Danielle Turnipseed, JD, MHSA, MPP, issued the following statement regarding the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) bill advanced by the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee:  

    “While the AAMC appreciates the House committee’s work to largely preserve crucial medical research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we have strong concerns about the bill’s proposed cuts to other health priorities and restrictions that would jeopardize the health of all Americans.  

    Specifically, we urge lawmakers to reverse the untenable cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the proposed elimination of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the proposed elimination of three health workforce diversity mentorship and pathway programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration: the Centers of Excellence, the Health Careers Opportunity Program, and the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program. We recognize the challenge that appropriators faced in drafting a spending bill under the impractical discretionary spending cap, but the solution should not be to undermine the nation’s health security. Congress must increase the discretionary spending caps to ensure the nation can resume robust above-inflation investment in NIH and full funding for the wide array of public health and scientific priorities. 

    We also note that the bill’s proposed structural and policy changes to the NIH would preempt efforts across Congress to collect stakeholder input on opportunities to strengthen medical research and prevent unintended consequences. In particular, the bill’s proposed prohibitions on certain types of research and caps for reimbursement of facilities and administrative expenses would arbitrarily limit progress toward new cures, treatments, diagnostics, and preventive interventions for patients with cancer, Alzheimer’s, and countless other conditions.  

    Moreover, if passed, the legislation’s problematic riders would interfere in the patient-clinician relationship, undermine public health, limit the education of future health care providers, and harm efforts to strengthen workforce diversity and health equity.  

    The AAMC urges Congress to reject these funding cuts and harmful policy provisions, and instead craft a bipartisan spending bill that ensures that the country is investing in programs and agencies that are critical to improving the health of patients, families, and communities nationwide.” 

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 158 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 academic health systems and teaching hospitals, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools, academic health systems and teaching hospitals, and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 193,000 full-time faculty members, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened participation in the AAMC by U.S. and international academic health centers.