Legislative Updates

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

Trump Administration Eliminates Federal Funding for NIH Intramural Research Using Human Fetal Tissue Research, Subjects Extramural Research to Ethics Advisory Board Review

06/12/2019 - Trump Administration Eliminates Federal Funding for NIH Intramural Research Using Human Fetal Tissue Research, Subjects Extramural Research to Ethics Advisory Board Review Legislative Update Jun… Read More

DOD Vision Research Program Releases FY2019 Program Announcement

05/29/2019 - DOD Vision Research Program Releases FY2019 Program Announcement Legislative Update May 29, 2019 On May 24, the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Vision Research Program (VRP) released its Fisca… Read More

House Appropriations Committee Approves 302(b) Allocations for All Twelve FY2020 Spending Bills and the FY2020 LHHS Spending Bill with NIH/NEI Increases

05/09/2019 - House Appropriations Committee Approves 302(b) Allocations For All Twelve FY2020 Spending Bills and the FY2020 LHHS Spending Bill with NIH/NEI Increases Legislative Update May 9, 2019 On May… Read More

House LHHS Subcommittee Marks Up FY2020 Spending Bill with NIH/NEI Increases

05/01/2019 - House LHHS Subcommittee Marks Up FY2020 Spending Bill with NIH/NEI Increases Legislative Update May 1, 2019 On April 30, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) App… Read More

In House Hearing, NIH Director Collins Discusses How Patients Are Engaged in NIH Research

04/02/2019 - In House Hearing, NIH Director Collins Discusses How Patients are Engaged in NIH Research Legislative Update April 2, 2019 NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD … Read More

VRP Program Committee Finalizes FY2018 Awards, Begins FY2019 Planning

03/28/2019 - VRP Program Committee Finalizes FY2018 Awards, Begins FY2019 Planning Legislative Update March 28, 2019 Colonel Mark Reynolds, Chief of the joint DOD/VA Vision Center of Ex… Read More

NEI Releases FY2020 Congressional Justification

03/19/2019 - NEI Releases FY2020 Congressional Justification Legislative Update March 19, 2019 Today, the National Eye Institute (NEI) released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Congressional Justification (CJ),… Read More

Cut National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding by Nearly $5 Billion and National Eye Institute (NEI) Funding by $111 Million

03/11/2019 - President Issues FY2020 Budget with Drastic Cuts to Non-Defense Discretionary Spending Legislative Update March 11, 2019 On March 11, the White House released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budge… Read More

ARVO President Dr. Steven Fliesler Advocates for Military Eye Trauma Research Funding

02/21/2019 - ARVO President Dr. Steven Fliesler Advocates for Military Eye Trauma Research Funding Legislative Update February 21, 2019 Left to right: Blinded veteran Steven Baskis (U.S. … Read More

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