In late December, Congress passed a $1.15 trillion budget for the upcoming year, giving the National Institutes of Health (NIH) the biggest increase it has seen in the last 12 years. The House and Senate both passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act on Dec 18, and President Barack Obama signed it into law the same day. This budget will also be providing new funds to help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implement food safety reforms passed 5 years ago, and will incorporate modest gains for other public health activities.
The day before the passage, the American Public Health Association (APHA) expressed their overall support for this bill, stating that public health improved in spending, but it remains “woefully underfunded.”
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