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December 2015 Monthly Briefing

Congress passed the final fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill on December 18th - 78 days after the start of the fiscal year and after a number of Continuing Resolutions. The advocacy efforts of ASPPH members were very successful. The so-called Omnibus Appropriations Bill provides increases in the appropriation levels for NIH (+6.6%), CDC (+4.1%), and HRSA (+0.6%). Although the bill cuts funding for AHRQ by 8.5%, the agency survived efforts by House appropriators to kill it. ASPPH’s specific program advocacy efforts were also very successful: the CDC Prevention Research Centers were funded at $25.5 million; the CDC Academic Centers for Public Health Preparedness at $8.2 million; the NIOSH Education and Research Centers at $28.5 million; and the NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Centers at $25 million. In another big win, ASPPH was successful in restoring funding to the HRSA Public Health Training Centers to the FY 2015 level. The Senate had cut the program in half.

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October 2015 Monthly Briefing

Congress cleared a Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal Government through December 11, but negotiations on a full year budget agreement have faltered due to House GOP leadership uncertainty. ASPPH’s October policy and advocacy update provides details on the current budget situation as well as on other regulatory and legislative issues of interest of ASPPH’s members.

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September 2015 Monthly Briefing

ASPPH advocates for federal funding for accounts and programs that support public health training and research. In addition, the Association advocates on numerous related policy and regulatory matters. The September public affairs update highlights the current status of the fiscal year 2016 appropriations process, ASPPH’s advocacy coalition activities, and ASPPH’s recent comments on various regulatory proposals and other initiatives.

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July 2015 Monthly Briefing

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees in late June approved differing versions of the fiscal year 2016 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. The bills provide major increases for the National Institutes of Health: +$1 Billion in the House version, +$2 Billion in the Senate measure. The House would eliminate the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, while the Senate would cuts the agency’s budget by 35 percent.ASPPH’s legislative priorities fared well, with funding provided for most of our priority accounts.

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May 2015 Monthly Briefing

Congressional action on the fiscal year 2016 appropriations bills has begun in earnest. On April 22, the House Appropriations Committee approved, on a straight party line vote, the fiscal year 2016 budget allocations to its 12 subcommittees. For the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, the allocation for discretionary programs is $153.050 billion in budget authority ($156.193 B in outlays), a reduction of $3.713 B (or 2.37 percent) from last year. As has become normal, the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill is expected to be the last (and most difficult to pass) of the appropriations bill.

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February 2015 Monthly Briefing

President Obama released his proposed fiscal year 2016 budget on February 2. He is proposing $31.3B for NIH, a $1B increase or +3.3%. For the CDC, he is proposing $11.5B, an increase of $250M or +2.2%. The budget proposal would level fund the HRSA Public Health Training Centers and the CDC Prevention Research Centers. The President would not fund the Public Health Traineeships, the Academic Centers for Public Health Preparedness, and the NIOSH Education and Research and Agricultural Forestry and Fishing Centers. The budget proposes a 25% increase for the NIH Office of Disease Prevention to enhance its activities implementing its Strategic Plan (+$2 million to $9.91 million).

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December 2014 Monthly Briefing

President Obama on December 16th signed into law the omnibus fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill to fund most federal agencies until September 30, 2015. Congress has given final approval to the measure on December 13th. All of the ASPPH’s priority accounts were level funded. The agreement provides a total of $5.3 billion in Ebola emergency spending, of which $2.742 billion goes to HHS agencies, including $1.771 billion to the CDC.

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November 2014 Monthly Briefing

The Congressional elections are finally over. The Lame Duck Congress now must reach an agreement to keep the government funded after the current continuing resolution expires on December 11. A long- or short-term continuing resolution to extend current funding until the new Congress is in place is a possibility. The Lame Duck Congress also will consider an emergency Ebola funding proposal from the Obama Administration.

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September 2014 Monthly Briefing

Congressional consideration of the 12 fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills has ground to a halt. With the October 1 start of the new fiscal year approaching, not a single funding bill has cleared the Congress. A Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government past the November 4 general election is expected, but even passing that is proving difficult.

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August 2014 Monthly Briefing

Congress left for its five-week summer recess on August 1st without having cleared any of the 12 fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills. A continuing resolution to fund the government is almost certain.

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