NIH Gets $2 Billion Increase Under Budget Deal

Democrats praise as Obama 'science projects' get funding

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May 1, 2017

The National Institutes of Health is set to get a $2 billion increase in spending under the congressional omnibus bill to fund the government through September.

The spending is on top of the "huge increase" the agency received last year, and goes against President Donald Trump's priority to cut the agency.

The bipartisan spending bill has been derided by conservatives for not funding Trump's promised border wall, as well as continuing funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Planned Parenthood. Republican negotiators did secure $15 billion to fight terrorism, and $1.5 billion for border security.

Stat News reported that part of the $2 billion increase for the NIH would go to Alzheimer's research and several of President Barack Obama's "big science projects."

Waste within the NIH has been well documented.

The Trump administration is seeking to cut the NIH budget by $5.8 billion in 2018, which would leave the agency with nearly $26 billion.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has said simply cutting indirect costs, such as utility bills, heating costs, expensive equipment, could leave to major savings within NIH, Stat News reported.

Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), were pleased with the NIH increase in the budget deal.

"The omnibus is in sharp contrast to President Trump's dangerous plans to steal billions from lifesaving medical research, instead increasing funding for the NIH by $2 billion," she said.

Lawmakers will likely vote on the omnibus bill on Wednesday.