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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY24 HHS Spending Bill

    Media Contacts

    Christina Spoehr, Sr. 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 in response to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies spending bill (S. 2624) approved on July 27 by the Senate Appropriations Committee: 

    “The AAMC commends the Senate Appropriations Committee for working in a bipartisan manner to draft and approve an FY 2024 spending bill that protects funding for the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration health workforce programs, and other key public health programs and agencies in a year when appropriators had to work within the limits of impractical budget allocations due to the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023. We also greatly appreciate the bipartisan commitment by the committee to avoid problematic policy provisions that would impose arbitrary restrictions on efforts to advance research, education, public health, and health care. 

    While the proposed legislation represents an important step forward in the process, the needs and opportunities across these key areas far outpace the resources the bill would provide. Strengthening our nation’s commitment to medical research toward new cures, treatments, diagnostics, and preventive interventions; expanding and adapting our health workforce to address pervasive and persistent challenges in patients’ access to care; and fortifying our public health and health infrastructure in the wake of existing and emerging threats are urgent national priorities. We cannot afford to fall short on the investments we make – our communities deserve this support.

    The AAMC urges lawmakers to continue their bipartisan efforts and ensure robust investment in these vital programs and agencies to protect and improve the nation’s health security.”

    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.