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President Proposes FY 2007 Budget to Freeze NIH, Decrease Institute Budgets

Legislative Update
February 6, 2006

The President released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 budget today, which proposes to freeze the NIH at the FY2006 appropriated level of $28.578 billion. The budget also proposes to cut individual Institutes by 0.5 to 0.8 percent. The National Eye Institute (NEI) budget would be cut from $666.8 million in FY2006 to $661.4 million in FY2007, a decrease of $5.3 million or 0.8 percent. This decrease comes at a time when the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis projects a biomedical inflation rate of 3.5 percent in FY2007.

On behalf of the medical research advocacy community, the ad hoc Group for Medical Research, Campaign for Medical Research, FASEB, National Health Council and Research!America issued a joint statement today that expressed grave concerns about the potential impact of the proposed FY2007 budget proposal in slowing the development of life-saving cures and treatments, while undermining the President's own efforts to make the nation more competitive in the world, as set forth in the January 31 State of the Union address.

NAEVR joins with the larger medical research community in urging the administration and Congress to work to increase the investment in life-saving and life-enhancing medical research. NAEVR calls for FY2007 NEI funding at $711 million, which is a 6 percent increase over FY2006. With the aging of the population, disproportionate increased incidence of eye disease in growing minority populations and increased incidence of sight-threatening conditions associated with chronic diseases, now is not the time for a retrenchment in our national commitment to vision health.

Click here to access NAEVR's press release on the FY2007 budget proposal.

Click here to access the NEI's FY2007 Congressional Justification.