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July 14, 2017
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director


(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) issued a statement regarding the July 13 House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee’s approval of a draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding bill that includes a $1.1 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)— a $943 million increase in base funding (2.8 percent) and a $144 million increase in funding for the 21st Century Cures Act initiatives, raising it to the $496 million FY2018 funding level designated by the Act. Full House Appropriations Committee consideration is expected as early as July 19.

NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky issued the following statement:

“NAEVR is grateful to the Subcommittee for making NIH funding a priority in its FY2018 LHHS spending bill—as it has done in each FY2017 and FY2016—and rejecting the Trump Administration proposals that would have cut NIH funding and imposed detrimental policies and structural changes. The Subcommittee had a nearly impossible task, given the inadequate spending allocation, and a bipartisan budget agreement that increases the spending caps is needed to ensure investment across the broad spectrum of health priorities.

NAEVR is proud that, as the details of the bill were being released, the Alliance was hosting clinicians and researchers expert in Dry Eye in Congressional office visits that were held in conjunction with Capitol Hill educational events recognizing July as Dry Eye Awareness Month. These researchers emphasized that the nearly 40 million Americans who experience Dry Eye are keenly aware that vision health is critical to overall health—and to quality of life.

NAEVR will continue to work with lawmakers to advocate for an FY2018 NIH funding increase of at least $2 billion and National Eye Institute (NEI) funding of $800 million.”

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