Press Release

NAEVR Applauds FY2020 Appropriations With NIH/NEI Funding Increases, Defense Research Funding

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) issued a statement after the House of Representatives approved two minibus bills totaling $1.37 trillion in spending that finalize all twelve Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bills. Within the eight-bill minibus H.R. 1865, the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) spending bill funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at $41.68 billion, a $2.6 billion or 6.7 percent increase above FY2019 enacted funding of $39.08 billion and National Eye Institute (NEI) funding at $824.09 million, a $27.6 million or 3.5 percent increase above FY2019 enacted funding of $796.5 million. Within the four-bill minibus H.R. 1158, the Defense spending bill funds Peer Reviewed Vision Research at $20 million.  

After the House action, NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky stated:

“NAEVR applauds the House for swift passage of the two minibus bills that finalize FY2020 appropriations. We urge the Senate to quickly approve the bills and send them to the President to sign before the current Continuing Resolution that funds the government expires on December 20.

NAEVR thanks Congress for the continued and robust funding for the NIH, as well as for ensuring that Institutes and Centers, such as the NEI, receive funding that reflects biomedical inflation plus growth. Equally, NAEVR thanks its military eye trauma champions for supporting the $20 million in funding for research into penetrating eye injuries and visual dysfunction resulting from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).    

NAEVR appreciates the leadership of Senate LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), as well as that of House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK), for their longstanding bipartisan and bicameral support for the NIH.

At this time of unprecedented scientific opportunity––especially in research to save sight and restore vision––continued support for NIH’s I/Cs and special initiatives can result in better diagnostics, treatments, and therapies to improve the lives of all Americans.”

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. Visit the Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.