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January 2014
Policy and Advocacy
Congress Approves Partial Relief from Sequestration Funding Cuts
The House and Senate recently finalized federal funding levels for Fiscal Year 2014.  The catch-all appropriations bill, known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, provides infectious disease programs some immediate relief from sequestration, as captured in this chart (PDF). Highlights from the bill include:
  • $29.93 billion for the National Institutes of Health (increase of roughly $1 billion from FY2013)
  • $4.36 billion for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (increase of roughly $127 million)
  • $6.85 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (increase of roughly $562 million)
  • $30 million for the new Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) initiative–for which IDSA led lobbying efforts
While the budget compromise is a step in the right direction, most public health line-items remain below their FY 2010 level. IDSA will continue to advocate for a reversal of the reductions to public health programs contained in the Budget Control Act of 2011.

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