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
The 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
The 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.
- National Institutes of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Department of Energy
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Food and Drug Administration
- National Science Foundation
The ASM issued a statement regarding the President's FY 2011 budget, which includes increases for federal agencies that support research.