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House Passes Budget Resolution with Commitment to Increase Health and Education Funding by $7.16 Billion over the Presidentís FY2007 Budget Proposal

Legislative Update
May 18, 2006

Early in the morning of May 18, the House passed a Budget Resolution by a vote of 218-210 which included an amendment that specifically recognized the need for a $7.16 billion increase for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education programs over that in the Presidentís Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 budget proposal.

Cong. Mike Castle (R-DE), who led the moderate Republican efforts for this increase, issued a statement announcing that the Republican leadership has assured moderates that there will be no less than $3.1 billion - above the $4.1 billion already shifted from defense appropriations to LHHS appropriations programs in 302(b) allocations set forth by the House Appropriations Committee - for health and education programs, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The House increase of $7.16 billion for LHHS programs matches that of the Senate Budget Resolution, passed on March 16, although the latter accomplished this by increasing domestic discretionary spending above the cap of $873 billion set forth in the Presidentís proposed budget. Ultimately, the House and Senate will need to conference these differences, potentially through the LHHS appropriations bills emerging from each chamber. The House is expected to take action on an LHHS appropriations bill prior to the July 4 recess and, if the full increase that has been committed remains, NIH funding would be restored to the FY2005 level, adding $1 billion over that in the FY2006 budget. The Presidentís FY2007 budget proposed to freeze NIH funding at the FY2006 level of $28.6 billion.