The fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill brings a significant boost in funding for biomedical research and recognizes the importance of science for the nation’s future, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology wrote in letters to congressional leaders thanking them for passing the legislation.
In addition to being the most encouraging budget outcome for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 12 years, the bill bolsters funding for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, among others.
FASEB applauds Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), chairmen of the Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittees in the House and Senate, respectively, for leading efforts to promote the promise of biomedical research and build bipartisan support for the omnibus bill among colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
Not only will the $2 billion increase in funding help reverse the loss of purchasing power NIH has experienced over the last decade, the passage of the bill is a model for future collaborations on Capitol Hill, wrote FASEB President Parker Antin, PhD. The increase is a critical step in sustaining medical progress, he said.