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Budget and Appropriations

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its full budget proposal for FY2018 on May 22, 2017. The budget proposal calls for a funding level of $26.9 billion for NIH. This represents a $7.2 billion decrease in funding for the NIH in comparison to the FY2017 enacted funding level of $34.1 billion. The budget proposal calls for a funding level of $4.474 billion for NCI.

Details regarding the NIH budget can be found at https://www.hhs.gov/about/budget/fy2018/budget-in-brief/nih/index.html, and NCI’s congressional justification is available at https://www.cancer.gov/about-nci/budget/congressional-justification/fy2018-nci-congressional-justification.pdf.

Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations

On September 7th, the Senate voted 80-17 to pass a spending package that rolled together a $15.25 billion emergency spending bill for hurricane relief, a debt limit suspension, and a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded at current levels. Both the CR and debt limit suspension will be in effect through December 8th.  The following day, the House passed the bill by a vote of 360-90. The President signed the bill into law on September 8th

The House Appropriations Committee advanced the FY18 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill out of Committee in July, allocating $35.2 billion for NIH, a $1.1 billion increase for the NIH over the FY17 enacted level, and $5.471 billion for the NCI, a $82 million increase over the FY17 enacted level. The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced their Labor-HHS spending bills out of Committee on September 7th, including a $2 billion increase for NIH and a $169 million increase for NCI over the FY17 enacted level.