Legislative Update FY24: Advocating for Vision Research Funding

Last week marked Chairman Tom Cole's (R-OK) first full week as Chair of the House Appropriations Committee after Chair Kay Granger (R-TX) unexpectedly stepped down. Since assuming the chairmanship, he has already restructured several Appropriations subcommittees (with more changes expected) and commenced work on the FY25 funding process. Chairman Cole has been a long-time supporter […]

Congress Passes FY24 Appropriations Bills with Level Funding for NEI and DOD VRP

Last week, Congress passed, and the President signed the final appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) funding, providing level funding for critical vision research programs, including the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the Department of Defense's (DOD) Vision Research Program (VRP) within the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). Commenting on the FY24 appropriations, […]

ARVO Advocates Urge Congressional Action on FY24 NEI Appropriations and FY25 Funding Increase

ARVO's Advocacy Day Participants On January 26, ARVO’s Annual Meeting Planning Committee (AMPC) held its Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, while Congress finalizes FY24 appropriations bills for the federal government, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Eye Institute (NEI). Currently, operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR), the federal government maintains spending at last […]

Congress Passes Third Fiscal Year 2024 Continuing Resolution

On January 18, the Senate passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Continuing Resolution (CR) that keeps the government funded through early March, with the hope that Congress can finalize FY2024 funding by that date. The House of Representatives passed the legislation later that same day, and President Biden was expected to sign the bill before the […]

Senate Confirms Monica Bertagnolli as Director of the National Institutes of Health

Today the Senate confirmed Monica Bertagnolli, MD, as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), two weeks after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee approved her nomination. The vote was 62-36. Dr. Bertagnolli had previously served as Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) before President Biden nominated her to lead […]

Congress Averts Government Shutdown, Passes Short-Term Continuing Resolution

Just hours before a potential shutdown of the federal government, Congress passed, and the President signed, a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that keeps the government operating. The CR was necessary because Congress has been unable to pass the regular twelve Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 appropriations bills before the start of the fiscal year on October […]

Emerging Vision Scientists Advocate, Educate, About the Value of Vision Research

The class of the Ninth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day (see names in the box below) who participated in the AEVR and NAEVR events reflecting the breadth of breakthrough vision research and were nominated by their Departments of Ophthalmology or Schools/Colleges of Optometry from across the nation On September 20, AEVR’s Research Saving Sight, Restoring […]

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2024 LHHS Spending Bill

On July 27, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS)  spending bill.   The bill would fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at a level of $47.8 billion, an increase of $943 million over FY2023. This stands in contrast to the bill approved […]

NAEVR Statement on House Appropriations Committee Proposed FY2024 NIH Budget

(Washington, DC) The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) expresses concern over the proposed funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the House Labor Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Budget. As a leading advocate for medical research and innovation in vision care, NAEVR represents […]