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July 2008
Volume 18, Number 7
Federal ID Budgets Likely to See Small Increases

Current 2009 budget proposals for federal infectious diseases programs give modest increases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill increasing funding for NIAID by $128 million and CDC by $133 million. Meanwhile, the equivalent bill in the House of Representatives includes a funding increase of $156 million for NIAID and $157 million for CDC. (See chart, below.)

Congressional reports—recommendations to agencies accompanying the bills—include IDSA-backed suggestions such as:

  • encouraging CDC to explore the use of sentinel surveillance networks to describe and confirm regional outbreaks of resistant infections

  • encouraging NIAID to strengthen clinical, translational, and basic research to address antimicrobial resistant infections

  • encouraging NIAID to accelerate research to advance the understanding of mechanisms of resistance and how resistant microbes impact human health

  • encouraging CDC to enhance 317 Program activities to support efforts to strengthen adolescent and adult immunization coverage 

Neither bill has made it past the committee level yet. It appears unlikely that a final budget will be approved before a new president takes office.

Details of the appropriations proposals are below:

HHS Program

2008 Final 

2009 President's Budget Request (change from 2008)

Senate Committee bill (change from 2008)

House Subcommittee bill (change from 2008)

Centers for Disease Control Total





Infectious Diseases Total





Infectious Diseases Control





Pandemic Influenza Activities





NIH Total










Fogarty International Center





HHS Office of the Secretary

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness





Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority





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