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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2016
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

NAEVR COMMENDS SENATE FOR MAKING NIH FUNDING A PRIORITY IN FY2017 APPROPRIATIONS

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) issued a statement upon the June 9 approval by the Senate Appropriations Committee of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) spending bill that was marked up by the LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee on June 7. The bill funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at $34 billion, a $2 billion or 6.3 percent increase over FY2016, and the National Eye Institute (NEI) at $740.8 million, a $32.8 million increase over its FY2016 Operational Net of $708 million. NAEVR had requested FY2017 NIH funding at $34.5 billion and NEI at $770 million.

NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky said:

“NAEVR commends the Senate Appropriations Committee for approving the $2 billion increase included in the Subcommittee’s FY2017 spending bill for the NIH. Given the limited allocation, we appreciate how Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) worked with Subcommittee members to fashion a bipartisan bill that that recognizes the importance of innovation by making NIH funding a priority.

NAEVR is disappointed that the bill’s National Eye Institute (NEI) funding level of $740.8 million falls short of the $770 million requested. The Alliance will continue to impress upon Congress the importance of robust funding for the Institutes and Centers, in addition to the funding of new NIH initiatives. After all, vision health is critical to the productivity, independence, and quality of life 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.