Legislative Updates

Senate Commerce Committee Approves RISE Act With $10 B in Research Relief Funding for the NIH

09/17/2020 - On September 16, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved by voice vote the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act (S. 4286). The legislation, sponsored by S… Read More

House of Representatives Passes Six Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Bills, Includes Funding for National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute

07/31/2020 - On July 31, the House of Representatives approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations ‘minibus’ bill comprised of six individual spending bills: Labor Health and Human Services, and Education (LHH… Read More

Senate Introduces Bill with $15.5 B in Emergency Funding for the NIH, Including $10 B for Research Relief

07/28/2020 - On July 27, the Senate began to release a series of bills within its $1 trillion Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act which includes $15.5 billion in emergency s… Read More

House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill with $20 M for Vision Research Program

07/15/2020 - On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY2021 Defense spending bill which includes $20 million in VRP funding, the third year that the program has been funded at that level. A… Read More

House Appropriations Committee to Mark Up FY2021 LHHS Spending Bill with Modest Appropriated NIH/NEI Increases Plus Emergency Funding for Grantee Relief

07/13/2020 - Update: On July 13,  the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2021 Labor-HHS bill by a vote of 30-22. On July 13, the House Appropriations Committee will mark up its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021… Read More

House Passes The Heroes Act With $4.75 B in NIH Funding With At Least $3 B in Relief to Grantees to Offset Reduction in Lab Productivity, But Bill Unlikely to See Senate Action

05/18/2020 - On May 15, the House approved the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, also known as The Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), a $3 trillion package to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. It p… Read More

NAEVR Joins with the Biomedical Research and Educational Institution Advocacy Communities To Urge Scientific Agency Support in Stimulus Package

05/04/2020 - These have been and will continue to be uncertain times for biomedical research as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Congress has passed three supplemental packages that include COVID-19 va… Read More

Blind Veterans United Kingdom Research Week

03/15/2020 - In late February, NAEVR Member organization Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) held its Research Week and engaged Blind Veterans United Kingdom’s (BVUK) Dr. Renata Gomes, Chief Scientific Officer, in… Read More

VSOs/MSOs Send Letter to Congressional Appropriations Leaders Supporting FY2021 DOD VRP Funding Request

03/10/2020 - On March 9, NAEVR member organization Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) submitted a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees which requests that Con… Read More

President Proposes FY2021 Budget with Deep Cuts to Non-Defense Discretionary Spending

02/11/2020 - On February 10, the White House released its $4.8 trillion Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget request which increases defense spending while deeply cutting that for domestic programs. The budget proposes a… Read More

House Passes FY2020 Appropriations with NIH/NEI Increases, Defense Vision Funding

12/19/2019 - On December 17, the U.S. House of Representatives approved two “minibus” spending packages totaling $1.37 trillion that together contain all twelve Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bills and fund… Read More

House Approves Drug Pricing Bill with NIH, FDA, and Opioids Funding

12/13/2019 - On December 12, the House passed along party lines (230-192) H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.  Although the bill focuses primarily on drug pricing and coverage for dental, vis… Read More

House Passes Second Fiscal Year 2020 Continuing Resolution; Funds Government Through December 20

11/21/2019 - On November 21, the Senate passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Continuing Resolution (CR) by a vote of 74-20 that will avoid a government shutdown which would have begun at midnight. The House of Represen… Read More

President Signs FY2020 Continuing Resolution; Government Funded Through November 21

09/20/2019 - Update: On September 26, the Senate passed the FY2020 Continuing Resolution by a vote of 81-16. The President signed the bill on September 27. On September 19, the House of Representatives passed… Read More

Senate Releases its FY2020 LHHS Spending Bill with $3 B NIH Increase

09/20/2019 - On September 18, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) released the first package of four Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 spending bills—Defense, Energy and Water, State-Foreign Operation… Read More

NIH Issues New DHHS Policy Regarding Use of Fetal Tissue in Extramural Research

07/29/2019 - NIH Issues New DHHS Policy Regarding Use of Fetal Tissue in Extramural Research Legislative Update July 29, 2019 On July 26, 2019, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a notice o… Read More

House Passes Two-year Budget Deal, Raises Budget Caps and Allows for Increased Domestic Spending

07/25/2019 - House Passes Two-Year Budget Deal, Raises Budget Caps and Allows for Increased Domestic Spending Legislative Update July 25, 2019 Today, the House of Representatives passed a two-year budget… Read More

NIH Announces Fifth Round of BRAIN Initiative Awards for FY2018, NEI Estimates that Vision Research Receives Significant Funding

07/22/2019 - NIH Announces Fifth Round of BRAIN Initiative Awards for FY2018, NEI Estimates that Vision Research Receives Significant Funding Legislative Update July 22, 2019 On November 2, 2018, the Nat… Read More

House Passes Minibus Spending Bill with Funding for DOD's Vision Research Program

06/20/2019 - House Passes Minibus Spending Bill with Funding for DOD’s Vision Research Program Legislative Update June 20, 2019 On June 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2740, a $985 bill… Read More

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

06/20/2019 - House Passes Minibus Spending Bill with NIH/NEI Increases Legislative Update June 20, 2019 On June 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2740, a $985 billion, four-bill [Defense,… Read More

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