|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2019
|CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
NAEVR COMMENDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF FY2020 FUNDING MINIBUS BILL WITH ROBUST NIH/NEI INCREASES
(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) issued a statement about the U.S. House of Representatives passage of H.R. 2740, a $985 billion, four-bill [Defense, Energy and Water, State-Foreign Operations, and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS)] spending package. The LHHS bill includes a $2 billion, or 5.1 percent, increase over FY2019 in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to a level of $41.08 billion and a $39 million, or 5 percent, increase over FY2019 in National Eye Institute (NEI) funding to a level of $835.5 million. The spending package now moves to the Senate, which has yet to begin its work on individual FY2020 spending bills.
NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky stated:
"NAEVR commends the House of Representatives for passage of H.R. 2740, which continues its steadfast commitment to medical research with robust NIH and NEI funding increases.
This bill recognizes the importance of funding the important work of the Institutes and Centers (I/Cs), such as the NEI, in addition to the special initiatives mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act. The 5 percent NEI increase would continue to rebuild its budget and restore its purchasing power, which had been eroded by flat budgets and lack of inflationary increases prior to the increases in fiscal years 2016 through 2019.
NAEVR is especially grateful to the House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee and the House Appropriations Committee for the emphasis they have placed on medical research. However, much work still remains in the FY2020 appropriations process, especially action by Congress to work with the White House in finalizing a deal to raises the budget caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. NAEVR encourages Congress and the Administration to quickly reach an agreement on lifting the budget caps for FY2020 and FY2021 and to establish topline spending levels that allow for timely enactment of the FY2020 appropriations bills to avoid delays in funding for lifesaving and quality of life-improving medical research."
The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of more than 50 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. Visit the Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.