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House Appropriations Subcommittee Holds Hearing on FY2010 NIH Funding

Legislative Update
March 19, 2009

Yesterday, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The two panels were comprised of representatives from numerous medical research advocacy groups, including the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, which requested that NIH funding increase by at least seven percent over FY2009. NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky serves on the Steering Committee for the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, which is a special program of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).

NAEVR’s FY2010 NIH funding position paper also urges Congressional support for a seven percent increase, which translates to funding levels of $32.4 billion for the NIH and $736 million for the National Eye Institute (NEI). The percentage increase reflects a total of a modest three percent increase plus the biomedical inflation rate.

The vision community (including NAEVR), which had testified at similar hearings in previous years, was not selected this year. NAEVR will submit written testimony for the official record by May 1.