Rep. Susan Davis Effort Leads to $47 Billion for the National Institutes of Health

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Washington, July 31, 2020 | comments

The House of Representatives approved an appropriations bill that included $47 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) thanks to an effort led by Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA-53). In March, Davis led a bipartisan coalition of 234 House members in urging appropriators to increase the nation’s investment in medical research, which will see a $6 billion increase. This includes $5 billion in emergency appropriations supporting research and development of new treatments on the cutting edge of science as the United States races to develop a coronavirus vaccine. 

With its significant life sciences and medical research presence, San Diego receives nearly a billion dollars in NIH funding each year.

“Due to the global pandemic, the need for medical research is taking center stage,” said Rep. Davis. “This critical investment will aid in our efforts to produce a coronavirus vaccine as well as other live savings research.  I’m proud this appropriation bill also includes other priorities to help survivors of torture and invest in Community Health Centers that are on the frontlines caring for low-income families during this health crisis.”

Other priorities secured by Davis include:

Community Health Centers: $5.65 billion for Community Health Centers, a $25 million increase above FY 2020.

Survivors of Torture: $17 million for Survivors of Torture, $1 million increase above FY 2020.

Maternal and Child Health Block Grant: $712.7 million, a $25 million increase above FY 2020.

Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program: $340 million.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): $2.3 billion, a $154 million increase above FY 2020.

Focus on Women’s Health - Language in the bill that directs the NIH to put a focus on women’s health.

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