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ASM Urges Action to Combat Zika Emergency

Current events linked to the Zika virus make aggressive public health actions and funding to combat this emerging infectious disease more crucial than ever.
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On March 21, Congress passed an amended version of HR 933, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, a spending package that funds the Federal Government though September 30, the end of the fiscal year, and avoids a government shutdown as the current continuing resolution (CR) expired on March 27. Senate amendments added three full-year spending bills for; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug and related agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies and Homeland Security and extended FY 2012 levels for most of the remaining agencies including: Labor, HHS and Education, Energy and Water development and Interior, Environment and Related agencies. While HR 933 does not prevent sequestration cuts of over 5 percent, it does add additional funding before sequestration to some agencies including: the National Science Foundation (NSF) received $152 million more or 2.7 percent to offset the sequester’s impact from 5 percent to 2.4 percent below FY 2012 levels; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) received an additional $71 million, but sequestration will reduce NIH’s current year budget by $1.4 billion or 4.8 percent below the FY 2012 level; the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received $9 million more to increase spending on facilities, food safety and medical countermeasures among other expenses; the Department of Agriculture (USDA) received $55 million for the Food Safety and Inspection Service, designated to prevent sequester mandated furloughs of meat, poultry and egg inspectors; the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) science and technology division is nearly $185 million higher than its 2012 level, with about $37 million set aside for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF). For updates on research budget issues, please visit the Public Affairs webpage at: Research and Development Funding for FY 2014

 

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