Legislative Updates

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

Congress Finalizes, and President Signs, Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations

02/19/2019 - Congress Finalizes, and President Signs, Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Legislative Update February 19, 2019 On February 15, President Trump signed H.J. Res. 31, legislation which finalizes… Read More

FY2020 VSO/MSO Independent Budget Recommends VRP Funding at $20 Million

01/28/2019 -   Legislative Update January 28, 2019 The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 issue of the Independent Budget (IB)—a biennial set of recommendations to Congress regarding Department of Veterans Affairs (VA… Read More

Congress Passes Two-week Funding Bill, Delaying Government Shutdown

12/07/2018 - Congress Passes Two-Week Funding Bill, Delaying Government Shutdown Legislative Update December 7, 2018 On December 6, Congress passed a two-week stop-gap bill that funds much of the federal… Read More

President Signs FY2019 Defense/LHHS Minibus Bill with a Nearly $30 M Increase in Vision Research Funding

09/29/2018 - President Signs FY2019 Defense/LHHS Minibus Bill with A Nearly $30 M Increase in Vision Research Funding Legislative Update September 29, 2018 On September 28, President Trump signed the Con… Read More

Senate Passes FY2019 Defense/LHHS Minibus Bill with a Nearly $30 M Increase in Vision Research Funding

09/19/2018 - Senate Passes FY2019 Defense/LHHS Minibus Bill with A Nearly $30 M Increase in Vision Research Funding Legislative Update September 19, 2018 On September 18, by a vote of 93-7, the Senate ap… Read More

Senate Passes FY2019 Defense/LHHS Minibus Bill with $25 M Increase for Vision

08/24/2018 - Senate Passes FY2019 Defense/LHHS Minibus Bill with $25 M Increase for Vision Legislative Update August 24, 2018 On August 23, the Senate passed by 85-7 H.R, 6157, a minibus bill that combin… Read More

House and Senate Appropriators Reject President Trump’s NIH Funding, Policy, and Management Proposals in FY2019 LHHS Spending Bills

06/28/2018 - House and Senate Appropriators Reject President Trump’s NIH Funding, Policy, and Management Proposals in FY2019 LHHS Spending Bills Legislative Update June 28, 2018 In their respective Fiscal Yea… Read More

Senate Appropriations Committee Advances All Twelve FY2019 Spending Bills with Approval of Each the Defense and LHHS Bills—the Latter Including a $2 B NIH Increase

06/28/2018 - Senate Appropriations Committee Advances All Twelve FY2019 Spending Bills with Approval of Each the Defense and LHHS Bills—the Latter including a $2 B NIH Increase Legislative Update June 28, 2… Read More

House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2019 Spending Bill that Includes $1.25 Billion NIH Increase, Less-than-inflation Increase for NEI

06/15/2018 - House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2019 Spending Bill that Includes $1.25 Billion NIH Increase, Less-Than-Inflation Increase for NEI Legislative Update June 15, 2018 Today, the H… Read More

House and Senate Adopt FY2019 302(b) Allocations, Setting the Spending Limits for Each of the Twelve Appropriations Bills

05/25/2018 - House and Senate Adopt FY2019 302(b) Allocations, Setting the Spending Limits For Each of the Twelve Appropriations Bills Legislative Update May 25, 2018 On May 23 and 24, the Appropriations Co… Read More

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