Senate to Hold Appropriations Hearing on the NIH Budget

On Thursday, June 22, the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services (L-HHS) Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Last month, President Trump’s budget request included a $7.5 million cut to the NIH, less than a year after Congress voted to increase its budget by $2 billion in the 21st Century Cures Act. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have expressed dismay with the President’s proposed cuts of the country’s leading biomedical research agency.

NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, is scheduled to testify on behalf of the agency and will be joined by five NIH institute directors. L-HHS Subcommittee Chairman Senator Roy Blunt will preside over the hearing which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. (ET).