Congress Moves One Step Closer to Funding MS Research Priorities
August 30, 2018
On August 23, 2018, the U.S. Senate passed the Labor Health and Human Services (LHHS)/Defense “minibus” spending package with a vote of 85-7. The bill included a $2 billion (5.4%) increase for the National Institutes of Health as well as $5 million to implement the National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The amendment to fund the Surveillance System was filed by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Christopher Murphy (D-CT) and was included in the manager's package that was offered shortly before the Senate voted on the total spending package.
In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the LHHS bill out of the Appropriations Committee, but has not yet considered it on the House floor. Funding for the Surveillance System was included in the House version of the LHHS bill– placing it in a good position to be included in the final bill that is sent to the President for his signature.
In late June, the House passed its Defense appropriations bill, which included $6 million for the MS Research Program at the Department of Defense. Now that the Senate has passed both its LHHS and Defense spending bills, focus moves back to the House to complete the process and submit a final bill to the President for his signature.
President Trump has signaled that he may not sign spending measures if his Administration’s funding priorities are not included. To prevent a possible lapse in Congressional appropriations that would shut down the federal government, Congress must pass a final spending package and the President must sign it by midnight on September 30th.
Learn more about the National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System
at the Centers for Disease control.