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UMR Statement on NIH Funding in House LHHS Funding Bill

June 27, 2024

United for Medical Research (UMR) is disappointed that the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee baseline funding level for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) fails to keep pace with inflation and threatens to slow the tremendous progress achieved in biomedical research over the past eight years.  While we understand the considerable constraints due to the 2023 Fiscal Responsibility Act, it is shortsighted to curtail lifesaving research that every community in America depends on.

A smaller NIH budget means fewer new research grants awarded, cuts to current research projects, reduced opportunities for our next generation of researchers, and loss of America’s role as the global leader in biomedical research to China and other countries that are investing robustly in their research enterprise.

UMR is hopeful that in the weeks ahead, members of the House will work to provide a stronger baseline funding level for NIH that better meets the significant health challenges facing families across the United States.