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JDF Washington Report
Volume II, No. 22
September 22, 1999

JDF Advocacy Pays Off! House Bill Provides $16.9 Billion for NIH; National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Gets Largest Institute Increase

The House Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday approved its fiscal year 2000 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations bill. The panel, operating under tight budget constraints, was still able to provide a relatively large increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, the bill has been condemned by Democrats who object to the bill's large cuts in funding for education and labor programs.

Based on unofficial documents, we can report that the bill provides $16.965 billion in funding for the NIH, an 8.7-percent increase over last year's level. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which funds approximately two-thirds of NIH’s diabetes resarch, received $1.087 billion in funding, a 9.1-percent increase. Under the subcommittee's plan, NIDDK receives the largest percentage increase among all NIH institutes. This is a reflection of the hard work of all JDF advocates, JDF Children's Congress delegates, and others throughout the year to draw attention to the need for increased funding for diabetes research.

Although the overall NIH increase of 8.7-percent is lower than we have been asking for (JDF is requesting a 15-percent increase for NIH), we expect the Senate next week to begin considering its appropriation bill with a 13-percent increase for NIH, setting the stage for another big increase this year in federally funded medical research.

We will also continue to closely monitor the exact level of diabetes research funding at NIH, but we won’t know those figures until NIH begins selecting specific grants for funding over the next several months.

Stem Cell Vote Expected Next Week

As we reported yesterday, we are still expecting a vote next week when the full House Appropriations Committee considers the fiscal year 2000 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations bill discussed above. Your responses to our email alert yesterday have been outstanding! Please keep up the effort, as this could be a close vote. See the JDF WWW page at for more information about stem cell research and its relationship to curing diabetes.

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1VOTE ex. 5 (800-533-1868)

Posted 26 September 1999

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