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December 16, 2016

COMPETES Reauthorization Heads to President for Signature

Just moments ago, the House of Representatives passed the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S.3084). It was passed under suspension of the rules, during a pro forma session.  The measure passed the Senate on June 22, 2016 by unanimous consent. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the bill authorizes $7.5 billion for NSF, which is the…


December 10, 2016

CR Passes, Happy Holidays!

In a late Friday night vote, the Senate passed the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through April 28, 2017 by a vote of 62-34. The House passed the measure earlier in the week, and with the Senate’s passage, a government shutdown has been averted. There was much uncertainty thrown into the CR at…


December 7, 2016

Cures Passes Senate, On to President

By a vote of 94-5, the Senate passed HR 34, the  21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5. The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign into law.


CR Released, Should Pass This Week

The continuing resolution (CR) was released late last night. The text of the legislation is here. The big news is that the CR will fund the federal government through April 28, 2017. The legislation maintains the current budget cap level of $1.07 trillion put into place under the Budget Control Act of 2011, which results…


December 6, 2016

CR to be Unveiled Today

The House Leadership has announce that it will release the long-anticipated and negotiated continuing resolution (CR) today. The CR is not expected to have many anomalies and should be level funding from FY 2016 levels.  While there has been much negotiation between an end date in March 2017 or an end date in May 2017,…


December 5, 2016

Senate Passed Cloture on Cures, NDAA & Cures to Pass Wednesday

The Senate invoked cloture Monday evening on legislation (HR 34, 21st Century Cures) designed to spur medical innovation. Eighty-five Senators supported the motion to limit debate and proceed with a vote on the measure. It takes two days for a cloture motion to limit debate to “ripen,” and there already is one pending on the…


Home for the Holidays?

The plan is for Congress to finish all its work for the year this week, with a stopgap spending measure to fund the government through next Spring. When in Spring? That’s still a very good question.  The House Republicans held a conference meeting on Friday that did not resolve how long the stopgap should last or precisely…


December 1, 2016

Cures Passes House

Last night, the House approved, 392-26, the 21st Century Cures Act, amended by a Manager’s Amendment submitted by House Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-MI). While the Manager’s Amendment modifies slightly the allocation of funding in the NIH Innovation Account on an annual basis, it maintains the overall level of funding in the Account…


November 30, 2016

White House Supports Cures

Late yesterday, the White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) in support of the 21st Century Cures legislation, which is on the House Floor today. The SAP expressly calls out the Innovation Fund in the measure, which targets funding for several of the Administration’s health care priorities, as a highlight of the measure….


November 29, 2016

No Additional Funding for NIH in CR

Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) has said today that the CR will not include the $2b bump to NIH that was included in the Senate bill. The CR, in whatever duration, should contain level funding of $32.084b or FY 2016 levels. There has been a research and health community effort to increase funding for…



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