News from MLA on Federal funding for NIH and NLM

December 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations | Leave a comment

[Submitted by Susan Mahnken, Chair, NAHSL Government Relations Committee]

Congress is in the process of negotiating its FY 12 funding for several federal agencies, including NIH and NLM.  Provided below is a brief update written by Dave Moore of the AAMC for the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research:

House and Senate Name Conferees for FY 2012 Appropriations “Megabus”

On Dec. 7, leaders in both the House and the Senate appointed conferees to negotiate a “megabus” spending package that will finalize funding levels for the nine remaining appropriations bills. Senate Appropriations Chair Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and House Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) both indicated in a  brief, public meeting of the conference committee that negotiations continue and that they hope to present a final conference report “early next week.” Policy differences in the Labor-HHS-Education, Interior, and Financial Services spending bills appear to be the final hurdle to completing the package, and some observers have speculated that appropriators may opt to fund one or more of those bills through a year-long continuing resolution. Most of the federal government currently is operating under a continuing resolution that expires Dec. 16.

Announcements about the conferees are available at:


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