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How the Budget Deal Took Medical Research off the Chopping Block

Feb. 12, 2018, 5:16 PM

Universities and biomedical researchers narrowly escaped a White House cull in federal funding, saved by the recent budget deal that kept the NIH afloat at current levels.

The White House sent Feb. 12 to Congress its request for funding the federal government in fiscal year 2019, offering $34.8 billion for the National Institutes of Health, which is part of $95.4 billion in discretionary budget authority for Department of Health and Human Services, according to the HHS budget in brief.

That proposed NIH amount is roughly equal to the $34.1 billion provided under current spending and doesn’t include an ...