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Doubling the NIH Budget in the 107th Congress

The effort to double the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget began as a movement among Senate Republicans and has had bipartisan support in both the House and Senate since the first session of the 105th Congress. Based on the substantial increases provided to NIH in fiscal years (FYs) 1999 through 2002, the effort created a climate supportive of the move to double the NIH budget to a level of $27.221 billion by 2003, and has been responsible for the increases provided in the appropriation measures for NIH. NIH's FY 1999 appropriation was an unprecedented 15-percent increase, or a $2.03 billion increase, over the FY 1998 level, which was claimed by the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education as the first installment in doubling NIH's budget by 2003.

On February 27, 2001, newly inaugurated President George W. Bush presented a budget to Congress, noting specifically that the President's Budget would continue the effort to double NIH's 1998 funding level in 5 years by increasing the Agency's funding by $2.8 billion over the 2001 level, for a total of $23.1 billion in 2002. On April 9, 2001, the FY 2002 President's Budget was released. The NIH funding in this proposed budget matched the February submission to Congress. The FY 2002 President's Budget request restated the Administration's commitment to continue the 5-year plan to double the NIH budget by FY 2003, with FY 2002 representing the fourth installment in this plan.


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