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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2018
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

NAEVR COMMENDS CONGRESS FOR PASSAGE OF THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT OF 2018 THAT INCREASES FY2018 and 2019 DISCRETIONARY SPENDING CAPS

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) issued a statement in response to the February 9 House and Senate passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892) which continues funding for the federal government in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 through March 23, 2018, and increases caps on defense and nondefense spending in FY2018 and 2019.

NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky issued the following statement:

“NAEVR commends Congress for providing relief from sequestration for discretionary spending in both FY2018 and FY2019. NAEVR is especially grateful that the agreement recognizes the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a critical national priority and acknowledges the importance of reliable and sustained funding growth for NIH. Congressional appropriations leaders—including Senate and House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Subcommittee Chairs Roy Blunt and Tom Cole and Ranking Members Patty Murray and Rosa DeLauro—have worked tirelessly to put the NIH on a pathway of sustained and predictable growth, and the discretionary spending relief will assist those efforts.

As Congress turns to the forthcoming FY2018 omnibus, we look forward to working with lawmakers to ensure an appropriation of at least $36.1 billion for the NIH and $759 million for the National Eye Institute (NEI), in addition to dedicated funding through the 21st Century Cures Act and other funding devoted to specific priorities. Ensuring sustained and predicable funding to grow NIH’s base budget not only facilitates increases to Institute and Centers (I/Cs), such as the NEI, but also enables NIH to capitalize on the full spectrum of research that saves lives and improves the quality of life for all Americans.

NAEVR is proud that, within hours of the legislation’s passage, it was hosting advocates from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Congressional visits in which they thanked Members for the increased spending caps, recognized the 50th anniversary of NEI’s creation by Congress in 1968, and urged NIH and NEI funding increases in FY2018 and FY2019.”

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.