Senate committee approves $2 billion increase for NIH budget

The National Institutes of Health will see a $2 billion budget increase for biomedical research under a funding bill passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services.
The bill, passed last week, has bipartisan support and increases total NIH budget to $36.1 billion, according to an announcement from the committee.

“I'm proud that we were able to secure another $2 billion increase for the NIH, providing doctors and researchers in Missouri and across the nation more resources to help them treat and cure our most deadly and costliest diseases,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), chairman of the subcommittee.  

For the last three years there has been a $2 billion increase for NIH in every Labor/HHS bill the subcommittee has put forward, amounting to a 20 percent increase for the agency during that time, according to the announcement. The subcommittee has more than tripled Alzheimer's disease research funding from $589 million to $1.8 billion.

Bipartisan committees in both the House and Senate have rejected a proposal under President Trump's budget to cute biomedical research funding by 22%, according to several reports.