FY2014 Budget that funds NIH to be cut by 20% via US House of Representatives Appropriations

Posted: May 22, 2013 in Events, Funding, Policy

Thank goodness there is a Senate and that their vision for the FY2014 US budget is wildly different from that of the House of Representatives. If the House has their way, the Subcommittee that funds the NIH will see almost a 20% cut to their FY2014 budget (and this is after cuts due to sequestration)!!!!!

From ASPET’s Policy Updates:

The House released its 302(b) allocations for FY 2014. The “302b” refers to the total number of dollars that each appropriations subcommittee can spend on programs under that subcommittee’s jurisdiction. Subcommittees cannot spend above the 302(b) spending limit.

The Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee that funds NIH received a sum of $121.8 billion. The $121.8 billion spending cap for the Labor/HHS Subcommittee is a $28 billion reduction from the FY 2013 sequestration level. A reduction this large (almost 20%) if implemented would mean significant cuts for NIH and other programs under the Labor/HHS Subcommittee’s jurisdiction. By way of comparison, for FY 2010, the Labor/HHS Subcommittee enacted a bill that had $42 billion more than the House Labor/HHS Subcommittee proposed for FY 2014.

Not all subcommittees fared as poorly as the Labor/HHS House 302(b). For instance, the Agriculture/FDA subcommittee was given $45 million more than the post-sequester level in FY 2013. Other subcommittees have modestly less to spend in FY 2014 than the FY 2013 post-sequester amount. Defense spending increases by 6% ($513 billion) above the sequestered level. Due to the increase in defense spending, the numbers for non-defense discretionary spending are more severe than mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

House Appropriations Chair, Harold Rogers (R-KY) explained, “This is clearly an austere budget year – sequestration has taken a huge toil on discretionary spending…It is my sincere hope that the House and Senate can come together on a sustainable budget compromise to replace sequestration and establish a responsible, single House and Senate top-line discretionary budget number.”

How the House and Senate numbers will be reconciled is another matter. The House and Senate are far apart in budget negotiations for FY 2014. The Senate 302(b) has not yet been released and will likely not be known until sometime in June. It is expected that the Senate 302(b) numbers will be higher. The Senate budget resolution is $91 billion, or more than 9% higher than the House budget resolution.

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