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April 2014
Policy and Advocacy
IDSA Weighs in on Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Process
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 appropriations process continues in Washington with congressional staff members considering the President’s budget request and input from external stakeholders, while federal agency heads appear before House and Senate spending panels to provide testimony on their respective components of the budget.  

IDSA continues to urge Congress to support increased investments in vital infectious diseases programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  and the Food and Drug Administration, among other agencies.  IDSA members can help by using the recent action alert to quickly urge their Members of Congress to support IDSA priorities.

NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, was joined by NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, FIDSA, and other institute heads in an appearance earlier this month before the Senate subcommittee that oversees health spending.  Both Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-KS) said that increased investments need to be provided to NIH.  In his remarks, Dr. Collins said that budget cuts have hampered biomedical research and affected the morale of the scientific community.  Dr. Collins went on to discuss progress being made in a few areas of NIH-supported research, including the possibility of a universal flu vaccine.  He added that NIH plans to award 9,326 research project grants in FY 2015–an increase of 329 or 3.66 percent over FY 2014.

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