Weekly Column

Funding the Values We Prioritize

This past week, as the House Appropriations Committee considered all twelve bills to fund the government, one of the more significant funding measures was passed. The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee is responsible for funding some of our government’s most vital agencies that reflect the things we place value on as a society – our health, our jobs and our education. For the past three years, I have served as the Chairman of this subcommittee, and I have seen how the agencies within this bill’s jurisdiction impact almost every aspect of our lives. From cancer research to early childhood education programs, this bill plays a large role in improving Americans’ lives of all ages.

For decades, our government has relied on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to be the helm of medical research and biodefense. The important work that takes place in those facilities is essential to our national security and public health. This year, the NIH received a total of $35.2 billion, a $1.1. billion increase from last year, an increase for the third consecutive year. These funds will be allocated among Alzheimer’s disease research, the Cancer Moonshot program for cancer prevention and cure research, medical drug innovation, mental health and substance abuse programs and numerous disease initiatives.

 

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