MLA Legislative Update

December 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Please read the following notice from Mary Langman, Director of Information Issues and Policy for MLA, regarding recent legislative activities. — Gary Atwood, Chair-Govt. Relations Comm.

21st Century Cures Act
The Senate and House have passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34). It now goes to President Obama for his signature. The bill will spur medical innovation, provide new funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reform the country’s mental health system, provide money for opioid abuse treatment, and support mental health and other hospital and health care provisions.

MLA supports the 21st Century Cures Act, and is pleased to see that the new funding for NIH is intended to “supplement—not supplant—increases to the base NIH budget,” as reported earlier by the Association of American Colleges.

More information can be found on the AAMC website.

Republicans Urge the President-elect to Keep Collins as NIH Director
House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Senate HELP Committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and House and Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittees chairmen Roy Blunt (R-O.) and Tom Cole (R-OK) have urged the new administration to “[K]eep Dr. Francis Collins as the Director of the National Institutes of Health in your administration.” These Republican leaders believe that Dr. Collins is the “right person, at the right time” to lead the NIH, and that “under his leadership with Congress’ commitment to biomedical research as a national priority, the National Institutes of Health will thrive and continue to enhance the Nation’s health through scientific discovery and biomedical research.”

FY 2017 Funding Update
Earlier today, the House of Representatives approved a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running through April 28th. The Senate is expected to take up the bill on Friday, but delays are possible if calls to protect the retirement nad health funds of coal miners It isn’t clear if the Senate will approve the bill before the Saturday deadline. GOP leaders are confident the bill will head to the president’s desk in time to avoid a government shutdown on Saturday. The Senate is expected to take up the funding bill Friday, but delays are possible if Democrats work to include provisions that would extend retirement and health funds for thousands of coal miners.

The current Continuing Resolution expires on December 9th. The government will shut down if another CR is not passed.

Mary M. Langman
Information Issues and Policy
Medical Library Association
65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601-7246
312/419-8950 (fax)


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