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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2017
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

NAEVR STATEMENT ON FY2017 OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) issued the following statement regarding the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which provides $34.08 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—an increase of $2 billion or 6.2 percent over the FY2016 funding level and which includes $352 million provided in the 21st Century Cures Act for targeted initiatives (Cancer, Precision Medicine, BRAIN, and Regenerative Medicine).

The bill provides an increase of $31 million for vision research as follows:

  • Funds the National Eye Institute (NEI) at $732.6 million, an increase of $16.7 million or 2.33 percent above the FY2016 enacted level of $715.9 million.
  • For the first time, funds the Department of Defense (DOD) Vision Research Program (VRP) at $15 million, a $5 million increase over the prior $10 million funding in each of fiscal years 2013-2016.

NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky said:

“NAEVR strongly supports the $2 billion increase for the NIH included in the FY2017 omnibus spending bill and urges Congress to pass it and President Trump to sign it.

NAEVR commends the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees who committed in FY2017 to a second year of a $2 billion NIH funding increase. We especially wish to acknowledge the efforts of Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO) and his House counterpart Chair Tom Cole (R-OK), along with Senate Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), for working in a bipartisan manner to ensure the nation’s commitment to biomedical research.

We will work with Congress and the Administration to secure this funding for NIH and NEI, as well as for the DOD/VRP, as there is no “pause” button in the vision research community’s efforts to save sight and restore vision.”

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. Visit the Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.