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Monthly Briefing

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July 2015 Monthly Briefing

The Bottom Line

  • The House and Senate Appropriations Committees in late June approved differing versions of the fiscal year 2016 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill.
  • The bills provide major increases for the National Institutes of Health: +$1 Billion in the House version, +$2 Billion in the Senate measure.
  • The House would eliminate the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, while the Senate would cuts the agency’s budget by 35 percent.
  • ASPPH’s legislative priorities fared well, with funding provided for most of our priority accounts.

What's New

House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve FY 2016 Spending Bills

For the first time in six years, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have passed bills appropriating funds for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.  The fiscal year 2016 spending bills are each $3.6 billion below last year’s enacted bill and $14.5 billion below the President’s request.  During the committee mark-ups appropriators of both parties called for a new budget deal that lifts the current budget spending caps. The full House is expected to consider the bill later this summer.  The Senate is unlikely to bring the bill to the floor. Eventually, a conference committee will try to reconcile the two bills, with or without a new spending agreement.

Attached is a table detailing the status of ASPPH’s advocacy priorities.


National Institutes of Health

FY 2016      House             $31.184B     (+$1.1B)

FY 2016      Senate            $32.184B     (+$2.1B)

FY 2016      Request          $31.084B     (+$1B)

FY 2015      Enacted          $30.084B

House Highlights:

Senate Highlights:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FY 2016      House               $7.065B     (+$128M)

FY 2016      Senate              $6.820B     (-$245M)

FY 2016      Request            $7.065B     (+$128M)

FY 2015      Enacted            $6.925B

House Highlights:

Senate Highlights:

Health Resources Services Administration

FY 2016      House               $6.049B     (-$299M)

FY 2016      Senate              summary chart not yet available

FY 2016      Request            $6.462B     (+$115M)

FY 2015      Enacted            $6.347B

House Highlights:

Senate Highlights:

Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research

FY 2016      House                  $0             (-$363M)

FY 2016      Senate                 $236M     (-$128M)

FY 2016      Request               $363M     (same)

FY 2015      Enacted               $363M

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Other Items of Interest

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Links to Key Source Documents

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May 2015 Monthly Briefing

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February 2015 Monthly Briefing

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