[mla-nynj] FY 2012 Continuing Resolution Update

Mahnaz Tehrani mtehrani at nyit.edu
Fri Sep 23 19:35:39 UTC 2011

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FY 2012 Continuing Resolution Update
CNN has reported that earlier today the Senate rejected the House Continuing Resolution that would provide temporary funding for the federal government after September 30. The CR includes new disaster funding assistance for states hit by Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and a series of recent wildfires and tornadoes.  The House and Senate have not come to agreement on disaster relief funding levels as well as cuts to clean energy programs.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will push for a new vote on Monday on a compromise package.

 *   The CNN report can be found at http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/23/politics/congress-fema-funding/index.html

 *   Continuing Resolution, HJ 79, can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov/home/approp/app12.html

NIH Funding Update
Dave Moore, Executive Director of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, reports that on September 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved FY 2012 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill by a party line vote of 16 to 14.

The bill provides $30.5 billion for the NIH, a decrease of $190 million )0.6 percent) from the FY 2011 level.

The bill provides $20 million for the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) at NIH, which activates its authorization.  Over the past several years, MLA and AAHSL have supported establishment of CAN which "creates the national Center for Advancing Translational Sciences as part of a broader restructuring at NIH that also includes the termination of the national Center for Research Resources."
NLM Funding
The bill recommends "$358,979,000 for the National Library of Medicine in FY 12. An additional $8,200,000 is made available from program evaluation funds. Of the funds provided, $4,000,000 is for the improvement of information systems, to remain available until expended.

The Committee recommendation allows that additional funding for the National Center for Biotechnology Information and support for the Public Access program may be provided directly to NLM. Under current practice, some of this funding is provided to NLM through a small tape of ICs."

The Committee report which includes funding recommendations can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-112srpt84/pdf/CRPT-112srpt84.pdf.  See page 108 for NLM funding recommendations and page 6 for Accelerating Cures recommendations.

Mahnaz A. Tehrani, MLS, MSIT, AHIP
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Of New York Institute of Technology
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