House Appropriations Committee Releases 2020 Draft Budget Allocations

June 22, 2019 by Alec Stone MA, MPA, ONS Public Affairs Director
Alec Stone
Alec Stone MA, MPA, ONS Public Affairs Director

The House Appropriations Committee recently released its draft outline for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education 2020 funding bill, allocating more than $189 billion in discretionary funding for education and training, medical research, and health care. The legislation includes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For 2020, the House Appropriations Committee increased funding by $11.7 billion over 2019 levels.

We invest in people’s health through groundbreaking medical research at National Institutes of Health, our public health and food safety infrastructure at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and women’s health,” U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) said about the bill’s funding priorities. “Through billions in smart, increased investments, our bill will help people across the country at every stage of their life. I look forward to passing it into law.”

Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY) added her support, noting that the bill, “includes increased funds for lifesaving medical research, opioid abuse treatment and prevention, early childhood education, women’s reproductive health, student debt relief, and job training.”

Additionally, for the first time in more than 20 years, the funding bill also includes money to ensure CDC can conduct scientific research to reduce injuries and save lives from gun violence.

Other highlights include:

NIH:  The institute would receive a total of $41.1 billion, an increase of $2 billion above 2019. The funds would support several critical research initiatives, including:

CDC: With an increase of $921 million above the 2019 enacted level, CDC would receive a total of $8.3 billion in 2020. It includes additional funding for numerous public health efforts, including:

HRSA: The bill includes $7.6 billion for HRSA, which is $475 million above 2019 funding.

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