January 25, 2011 - President Obama Delivers State of the Union Speech:
Highlights Science and Innovation
President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union
address Jan. 25. Despite calling for a five-year freeze in non-security
discretionary spending, the president emphasized the importance of research and
development, as well as science education, as vehicles to promote job creation
and increased U.S. competitiveness. The President specifically mentioned
biomedical research as an area of investment in his upcoming FY 2012 budget,
which is scheduled to be released on Feb. 14. For more information, see the
State of the Union transcript at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/25/remarks-president-state-union-address
January 24, 2011 - ASM Endorses Letter to Congress Supporting an Increase of Funding for the NIH in FY 2011
Ad Hoc Group for Medical Reseach sent a letter to each Member of
Congress supporting an increase of $750 million for NIH in FY 2011. The
letter, signed by 270 members of the Ad Hoc Group and others with an
interest in medical research, stressed that long-term flat funding or a
reduction in funding for NIH will “will slow research progress and
squander invaluable scientific progress to the detriment of our nation’s
health, our fragile economy, and our global competitiveness.” ASM is a
member of the Ad Hoc Group and endorsed the letter.January 3, 2010 - Continuing Resolution Until March 4
On December 22, 2010, President Obama signed into law a Continuing Resolution (P.L. 111-322, H.R. 3082)
which will fund federal programs through March 4, 2011. The CR is the
fourth for the 2011 fiscal year that began October 1 and funds most
federal programs at their FY 2010 levels. The latest CR does not
include increases that were proposed in an unsuccessful omnibus bill for
most programs under the Department of Health and Human Services.
The 111th Congress adjourned December 22, 2010.
The 112th Congress is scheduled to convene January 5, 2011. The new
Congress will need to finalize FY 2011 funding before March 4.
Information about NIH funding is available at by clicking here.November 23, 2010 - ASM Sends Recommendations to the President on FY 2012 Funding
ASM sent a letter to President Obama recommending that NIH funding be
increased to $35 billion in the proposed FY 2012 budget.April 8, 2010 - ASM Appropriation Statements for FY 2011
The ASM has submitted appropriation recommendations for federal agencies that support biomedical and public health research.
February 2, 2011
- ASM Applauds Increases for Research Budgets
ASM issued a statement regarding the President's FY 2011 budget, which
includes increases for federal agencies that support research.