Health Spending Legislation Advances in the House

The House Appropriations Committee approved spending legislation last week to fund key government health programs. The committee approved two health-related bills: the Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill and the Agriculture-Food and Drug Administration spending bill.

The Labor-Health and Human Services bill includes more funding than proposed in President Trump’s budget for several health care programs, including those operated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.

The Agriculture-FDA bill would exceed the White House spending request by $800 million, providing $2.8 billion in discretionary spending for FDA and total funding of $5.2 billion with the inclusion of industry user fees, approved in separate legislation. The bills are expected to be considered on the House floor in the coming weeks.

The Senate Appropriations Committee hopes to pass many of its bills before the summer recess, set to begin the third week of August.