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Legislative Update, 10/03/2018

Federal News:

The FY19 appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services, which was approved by the House and Senate on Sept 13, 2018, includes:

  • $2 billion increase in funding for NIH
  • $425 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research
  • $100 million increase for cancer research
  • $86 million increase for All of Us

It does not include:

  • combining three HHS agencies (including AHRQ) into NIH
  • banning NIH funding of research using electively-aborted fetal tissue

Library-related funding includes:

  • $13 million increase for NLM
  • $2 million increase for IMLS
  • $26 million increase for the Library of Congress; level funding for the GPO (passed in a different appropriations bill)

It was noted in the District Dispatch that, while library funding was initially slated to be significantly cut or eliminated, library advocates were successful in promoting the value of libraries to Congress.

More on this story in Science magazine and the District Dispatch.

State News:

JB Pritzker and Gov. Rauner will meet in another debate this Wednesday at 6 p.m. The debate is sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago, the League of Women Voters, and Univision and will air on ABC7 Chicago.  The broadcast will also stream live at https://abc7chicago.com/live/ although availability will likely be limited.  Candidates Sen. Sam McCann and Grayson Jackson did not meet the predetermined polling level set by the debate sponsors so will not be allowed to participate.



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