NIH presents by-pass budget for Alzheimer’s disease research

Budget calls for $323 million more in FY 2017

On July 27, 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its first ever Professional Judgment Budget, also called a Bypass Budget, for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  This plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 outlines the approach NIH would use to make real and lasting progress against Alzheimer’s and other dementias if unconstrained by fiscal limitations.

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APA Urges a No Vote on HR 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act of 2016

This morning APA sent a note encouraging all members of the House of Representatives to vote No on a HR 2578.  Read our comments below:

The American Psychological Association (APA), the world's largest organization of psychologists with over 130,000 members, joins the broader scientific, university, and industry communities in urging Members of the House to VOTE NO on HR 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act of 2016.  In its current form, HR 2578 would dramatically underfund critical scientific research at the National Science Foundation and the Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice. 

For more information, contact Dr. Heather O'Beirne Kelly at or 202-336-5932


House Energy and Commerce Committee considers legislation on NIH and FDA

21st Century Cures bill looks to boost NIH funding in new ways

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up a major health bill the week of May 19:  the 21st Century Cures Act.  It is meant to boost biomedical innovation through authorizing additional funding and making regulatory changes at National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA).  This bill has gotten a lot of attention for the bipartisan way in which it was conceived and the bipartisan hearings and listening sessions conducted by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), both senior members of the committee. 

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House Adopts Budget Plan, Senate to Vote Week of May 4

On April 30, the House of Representatives adopted a FY 2016 conference budget resolution by a vote of 226-197.  The Senate will vote on the budget agreement (S. Con. Res. 11) as early as May 4. 

While the conference report reflects the statutory caps on discretionary spending — $523 billion for defense and $493.5 billion for non-defense in 2016 — it allows additional funding for the Pentagon through a separate allocation of $96 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.

Congressional Democrats (and President Obama) oppose using higher levels of overseas military funding to circumvent the statutory limits on defense spending. The President’s budget request called for $58 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations in 2016. The House and Senate Budget Committees added $38 billion to that amount, providing increased war funding that can be spent on basic defense needs without the spending being offset elsewhere in the budget. 

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