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Legislative Updates


February 13, 2018
President Issues FY2019 Budget and Addendum That Funds NIH Below What Congress Has Proposed for FY2018, Cuts NEI Funding

February 12, 2018
President Signs Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 That Extends FY2018 Government Funding to March 23 and Increases Discretionary Spending Caps for FY2018 and 2019

January 23, 2018
President Signs Fourth FY2018 Continuing Resolution Which Funds the Government Through February 8, 2018



December 22, 2017
President Signs Third FY2018 Continuing Resolution Whic Funds the Government Through January 19, 2018

December 14, 2017
Congress Begins Work on Third Continuing Resolution for FY2018 that would Fully Fund the Department of Defense

December 4, 2017
President Signs Short-Term Continuing Resolution to December 22

October 24, 2017
NIH Announces Fourth Round of BRAIN Initiative Awards, Vision Research Receives Significant Funding

September 15, 2017
House Passes “Octobus” FY2018 Funding Legislation that Combines Eight Remaining Appropriations Bills

September 7, 2017
Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY2018 Funding Bill that Includes a $2 B NIH Increase, NEI Funding

September 7, 2017
President Signs Continuing Resolution To Fund Government as FY2018 Begins, also Raises Debt Ceiling and Includes Emergency Supplemental Hurricane Funds

August 21, 2017
NAEVR Joins Medical Research Community in Opposing President Trump’s Proposed Cut to Reimbursement for Facilities and Administrative Costs in NIH Grants

July 19, 2017
House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2018 LHHS Appropriations Bill, Details Include NEI Funding at $743.9 M

July 14, 2017
House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Passes FY2018 Funding Bill, Including $1.1 Billion NIH Increase

June 6, 2017
President Trump Announces Continuation of Dr. Collins as NIH Director

May 22, 2017
President Issues Detailed 2018 Budget Proposal With NIH/NEI Cuts and Reduced Reimbursement for Indirect Costs in Grants

May 17, 2017
In House Hearing, NIH Director Collins Focuses on Patients and Researchers, Responds to Questions About the Trump Administration’s FY2018 Budget Proposal

May 4, 2017
Senate Passes FY2017 Appropriations, Clearing Bill for White House

March 29, 2017
DHHS Secretary Price Addresses NIH Funding and Structure Issues at House LHHS Hearing

March 28, 2017
President Issues FY2017 Budget Options to Reduce NonDefense Discretionary Spending, Including a $1.2 Billion NIH Cut

March 16, 2017
President Issues FY2018 Budget Blueprint

March 8, 2017
In Hearing with Researchers, Chairman Blunt Urges Pattern of NIH Funding Increases

January 12, 2017
Senate Passes FY2017 Budget Resolution that Begins Process of Repealing Affordable Care Act

January 6, 2017
NAEVR Co-Authors Article about Advocacy for Battlefield Eye and Vision Trauma Research


December 7, 2016
President Signs FY2017 Continuing Resolution, Which Funds Government Programs at the FY2016 Level Through April 2017

November 29, 2016
House Passes 21st Century Cures Act; NAEVR Supports Latest Version of Legislation That Reauthorizes NIH, Creates a New Innovation Fund

July 14, 2016
House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2017 LHHS Appropriations Bill with $1.25 Billion NIH Increase, $27.6 Million NEI Increase

June 9, 2016
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2017 LHHS Appropriations Bill with $2 Billion NIH Increase, $32.8 Million NEI Increase

April 18, 2016
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves 302(b) Subcommittee Allocations

April 8, 2016
In Hearing with Dr. Collins, Senate Appropriators Reiterate Concerns About Mandatory Funding for NIH in President’s FY2017 Budget Request

March 16, 2016
In Hearing with Dr. Collins, House Appropriators Reiterate Concerns about Mandatory Funding for NIH in President’s FY2017 Budget Request

March 4, 2016
Senate Appropriators Echo House Concerns about the FY2017 Budget Request’s Reliance on Mandatory Funding; Senator Alexander Proposes a “Path Forward”

February 26, 2016
Appropriators Express Concerns about President’s Reliance on Mandatory Funding In the FY2017 Budget Request

February 9, 2016
President Issues FY2017 Budget Request with NIH Increase, NEI Flat-Funded


December 19, 2015
President Signs FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation

December 16, 2015
Congress Introduces the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, to Finalize FY2016 Funding that Includes Significant NIH and NEI Funding Increases, DOD/Vision Research Program Funding

December 14, 2015
Congress Passes Second Short-Term Continuing Resolution Through December 22; Work on Full Year Omnibus Continues

October 29, 2015
House Passes Two-Year Budget Deal, Senate To Take Action

October 9, 2015
Senate Hearing Focuses on Research Opportunities, Plight of Young Investigators

September 30, 2015
Senate Passes Short-Term FY 2016 Continuing Resolution; Bill Heads to House

September 22, 2015
Cong. Van Hollen Warns of Shutdown Impact on NIH

September 18, 2015
NAEVR and ARVO Represented by Emerging Scientists at the Rally for Medical Research Advocacy Day 2015

July 10, 2015
House of Representatives Approves 21st Century Cures Legislation

June 25, 2015
House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2016 LHHS Funding Bill with $1.1 Billion NIH Increase

June 25, 2015
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2016 LHHS Funding Bill with $2 Billion NIH Increase

June 18, 2015
Researchers Urge NIH/NEI Funding Increases as House and Senate Mark Up FY2016 NIH Funding Bills

May 22, 2015
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves 302(b) Subcommittee Allocations

May 21, 2015
House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Marks Up 21st Century Cures Legislation; Bill Authorizing NIH Funding Increases Goes to Full Committee

May 20, 2015
Senate Launches NIH Caucus, Vision Research Cited

May 8, 2015
NEI Premieres Audacious Goals Video at ARVO Annual Meeting

April 1, 2015
House and Senate Pass FY2016 Budget Resolutions; Funding Priorities and Limits Will Guide the Appropriations Process

March 4, 2015
NIH Director Dr. Collins to House: “Least Favorable Environment for Young Investigators”

February 2, 2015
President Issues FY2016 Budget Request with NIH and NEI Increases


December 10, 2014
Massive FY2015 “CROmnibus” Spending Bill Includes NIH/NEI Funding Increases, Vision Trauma Research Funded at $10 M

October 10, 2014
Vision “Does Well” in First Round of BRAIN 2025 Awards

September 19, 2014
Senate Passes Short-Term FY2015 Continuing Resolution Clearing Measure for White House Approval

July 24, 2014
Senate Harkin Introduces Bill to Increase NIH Funding

July 24, 2014
Senate Releases Report Language Regarding Its FY2015 LHHS Spending Bill

June 18, 2014
At the Focus on Eye Health National Summit, Prevent Blindness Releases Study Projecting Year 2050 Annual Eye Disorder Costs $377 B, With Half Borne by
Federal Government

June 13, 2014
BRAIN Initiative Working Group Presents Final Report, Cites Retinal Research as “Flagship” and Vision Prosthetics as Instructive to Clinical Research

June 13, 2014
NEI Director Dr. Sieving Updates the Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI)

June 11, 2014
Senate LHHS Subcommittee Proposes FY2015 NIH, NEI Increases

May 22, 2014
Senate Appropriations Committee Releases FY2015 Subcommittee Allocations

May 8, 2014
House Appropriations Committee Releases FY2015 Subcommittee Allocations; Senate Yet to Take Similar Action

May 6, 2014
House Members Announce “21st Century Cures Initiative” that Seeks to Accelerate Pace of Medical Breakthroughs

April 29, 2014
Chairwoman Mikulski Has “Ophthalmology on Her Mind” at Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on the Federal Investment in Innovation

April 23, 2014
NAEVR Endorses Senate and House Bills to Ensure Sustained Funding for Biomedical Research

April 10, 2014
House Approves Republican Budget

April 2, 2014
NIH Director Dr. Collins to Senate: “NIH Needs a Stable Trajectory of Inflationary Increases and Growth”

March 26, 2014
NIH Director Dr. Collins to House: “No Part of NIH Has Been Untouched by Budget Cuts”

March 13, 2014
House LHHS Subcommittee Members Express Concern about NIH Funding in the President’s Proposed FY2015 Budget At Hearing with DHHS Secretary Sebelius

March 7, 2014
President Issues FY2015 Budget Request with Modest NIH and NEI Increase

January 16, 2014
Congress Passes Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 That Partially Restores NIH/NEI Sequester Cuts


December 13, 2013
House, Senate Pass Bipartisan Budget Agreement

November 22, 2013
Congressional Super Budget Committee Continues to Work on FY2014 Appropriations

November 14, 2013
NonDefense Discretionary United Coalition Releases Report on Impact of Sequester Cuts; NAEVR and ARVO Urge Congress to Replace Sequester in FY2014 Appropriations

October 17, 2013
Federal Government Shutdown Ends

October 17, 2013
NAEVR Joins With Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Colleagues in Urging Congress To End the Government Shutdown

October 9, 2013
Vision Restoring Corneal Transplants Performed in 2013 Have a Lifetime Net Benefit of Nearly $6 Billion

October 1, 2013
Federal Government Shuts Down Due to Budget Impasse

September 27, 2013
Senate Passes Short-Term Spending Bill; Legislation Goes Back to House Where Next Step Uncertain

September 20, 2013
House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill; Senate Passage Unlikely Due to Language that Defunds the Affordable Care Act

September 16, 2013
BRAIN Initiative Research Priorities in FY2014: Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Releases Interim Report

July 11, 2013
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2014 LHHS Appropriations Bill With an NIH Increase

June 20, 2013
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2014 Allocations

June 18, 2013
PBA Study Estimates $139 Billion Annual Cost for Eye and Vision Disorders

June 10, 2013
NIH Asks the SMRB To Examine its Review and Award Process

June 10, 2013
NIH Releases Fact Sheet on the Impact of Sequestration

June 10, 2013
OMB Issues FY2015 Budget Guidance

May 21, 2013
House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2014 Allocations that Reflect Reduced Spending

May 22, 2013
NIH Announces BRAIN Initiative Public Meetings

May 15, 2013
House Democratic Report on Impact Of Sequestration: NIH Budget Lowest Since FY2007 in Actual Dollars, Lowest Since FY2000 When Adjusted for Inflation

May 15, 2013
Chairman Harkin and Dr. Collins Describe “Perilous” and “Pivotal” Moments for NIH in Senate Hearing

May 8, 2013
NIH Releases FY2013 Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards

May 6, 2013
NIH Releases FY2013 Spending Plan, NEI Funded at $662 Million Net of Sequester Cut and Transfers

April 11, 2013
President Issues FY2014 Budget Request with NIH Increase But No Net Growth in NEI Budget

April 2, 2013
President Proposes A Multi-Year BRAIN Initiative with an Initial $100 Million in FY2014 Funding

March 21, 2013
Congress Passes Continuing Resolution for Remainder of Fiscal Year 2013, Averting Possible Government Shutdown

March 7, 2013
House Passes FY2013 Funding Bill: NIH/NEI Hit by Sequester, Vision Trauma Research Program Funding Increased to $10 M But Also Subject to Sequester

March 5, 2013
House Holds First Hearing of 2013 Focused on Research and Major Public Health Agencies Funded by the LHHS Appropriations Bill

March 5, 2013
NIH Sends Letter to Grantees Regarding Sequestration

February 25, 2013
NIH Issues Guidance on Sequestration Plans

February 14, 2013
Senate Appropriators Question Administration About Sequester Impact; OMB Says NIH Research Jeopardized But Does Not Provide Details

February 11, 2013
Reports Overwhelmingly Demonstrate Sequestration’s Negative Impact on the Economy

February 8, 2013
NEI Announces Audacious Goals Initiative Winners

January 16, 2013
Director Francis Collins Discusses Sequester’s Risk to NIH Funding

January 11, 2013
Cong. Jack Kingston Comments on New Role as House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chair

January 4, 2013
Fiscal Cliff Legislation Delays Sequestration by Two Months; NAEVR Tracks Key Appropriators in the New Congress


October 1, 2012
President Signs Six-Month CR; OMB Issues Spending Guidance that Assumes NIH/NEI Funding at the FY2012 Level

September 24, 2012
Senate Passes Six-Month CR to Fund the Government in FY2013, Clearing Measure for White House Approval

September 14, 2012
OMB Releases Report on Impact of Sequestration: $2.5 Billion NIH Cut

September 11, 2012
Congress to Vote on a Six-Month CR to Fund the Government in FY2013

July 31, 2012
Congress to Take Up Six-Month CR After the August Recess

July 30, 2012
House Democrats Express Concern About Sequestration to House and Senate Leadership

July 25, 2012
Harkin Report: Sequestration Cuts NIH by $2.4 Billion, NEI by $54.8 Million; Nondefense Community Rallies to Fight Sequestration

July 18, 2012
House Bill Proposes Flat NIH Funding, No Cut to NEI Due to Transfer of AIDS Funding

July 12, 2012
DHHS to Cong. Markey: Sequestration Threatens Americans’ Health and Safety

June 15, 2012
Senate Bill Proposes $100 M NIH Increase; NEI Still Cut By AIDS Funding Transfer

June 6, 2012
Dr. Collins Updates the NIH’s SMRB and Council of Councils on Opportunities and Challenges

June 4, 2012
Advocacy Community Forms Coalition to Oppose Mandatory Budget Cuts

May 19, 2012
NIH Announces a Pilot Program for Special Review of Research Applications from Principal Investigators with More than $1.5 Million Total Annual Support

May 19, 2012
OMB Directs Agencies to Budget for FY2014 at Five Percent Below the President’s Proposed FY2013 Level

May 17, 2012
UMR Report: Declining NIH Investment Threatens U.S. Global Competitiveness

May 16, 2012
NAEVR and ARVO: Restore the Extramural Salary Cap to Executive Level I

April 26, 2012
House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve Subcommittee Allocations

April 16, 2012
FASEB Estimates Impact of Sequestration on NIH Funding

March 20, 2012
NIH Director Dr. Collins Testifies Before the House on FY2013 Budget, NCATS Implementation

February 14, 2012
Director Dr. Collins Discusses the President’s Proposed FY2013 NIH Budget

February 13, 2012
President Issues FY2013 Budget That Flat Funds NIH, Reduces NEI Funding

January 20, 2012
NIH Issues Guidance on Salary Cap Reduction


December 23, 2011
NIH Establishes NCATS, per the FY2012 Appropriations Conference Agreement

December 19, 2011
Congress Finalizes FY2012 Appropriations With an NIH/NEI Increase Although A Continuing Resolution Funds the Government through December 23

November 18, 2011
Congress Passes Third FY2012 Continuing Resolution; Funds Government Through December 16

October 5, 2011
House Passes Short-Term CR to Fund Government; Measure Goes to the White House

September 30, 2011
House Issues Draft FY2012 LHHS Appropriations Bill That Increases NIH Funding by $1 Billion, as Proposed in the President’s Budget

September 27, 2011
Senate Passes Short-Term CRs to Fund Government as FY2012 Begins

September 23, 2011
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2012 LHHS Funding Bill That Cuts Most NIH Institutes by One Percent

August 22, 2011
OMB Directs Agencies to Budget for FY2013 at Five Percent Below the FY2011 Level

August 16, 2011
Congressional Action in September Critical To FY2012 Research Funding

August 5, 2011
Medical Research Community Sorting Out the Implications of The Budget Control Act of 2011

June 15, 2011
DHHS Notifies Congress of NIH’s NCATS Plans, House Responds

June 13, 2011
Senators Casey and Burr Lead Letter in Support of NIH Funding

May 12, 2011
Dr. Collins Testifies Before the Senate LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Promising Greater Details about NCATS, NAEVR Submits Written Testimony

April 15, 2011
Congress Passes Bill to Fund Government for Remainder of Fiscal Year 2011

March 10, 2011
Congress Passes Sixth Continuing Resolution to Fund Government

March 10, 2011
Congress Continues to Try to Finalize FY2011 Appropriations; Senate Fails to Pass Two Alternative Bills with Another Short-Term CR Likely

February 14, 2011
President Issues FY2012 Budget Proposing 2.4 Percent Increase in NIH Funding, 1.8 Percent Increase in NEI Funding, Per NEI Congressional Justification


December 22, 2010
Congress recesses without finalizing FY2011 NIH/NEI funding

December 3, 2010
Congress Passes Another Short-Term Continuing Resolution to Fund Federal Agencies As it Continues Working to Finalize FY2011 Funding

October 1, 2010
Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Fund Federal Agencies in FY2011

August 9, 2010
DOD Vision Research Funding Tops $11 Million Due to Quality of Grants

August 9, 2010
Congress Proposes FY2011 Inflationary Increase for NIH Similar to President’s Budget

July 17, 2010
House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up FY2011 Appropriations Bill for NIH, NEI

June 25, 2010
NEI Concludes the 40th Anniversary Celebration with a Symposium on Translational Research and Vision at which Dr. Collins Recognizes Its Leadership on This Priority NIH Issue

May 13, 2010
Dr. Collins Cites NEI-Funded Human Gene Therapy at House and Senate Hearings on FY2011 NIH Funding

May 13, 2010
Vision Community Testifies at Citizen Witness Hearing on FY2011 NIH/NEI Funding

February 24, 2010
DHHS Secretary Sebelius Announces New NIH/FDA Collaboration To Support Efforts in Translational and Regulatory Science

February 1, 2010
President Issues FY2011 Budget Proposing 3.2 Percent Increase in NIH Funding, 2.4 Percent Increase in NEI Funding, Per NEI Congressional Justification

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