The House of Representatives will be voting this afternoon on legislation to prevent a shutdown of the federal government and there is some good news in there for American Brain Coalition members. Among the key provisions in the bill are the following:
An overall increase for the National Institutes of Health of $2.6 billion (6.65%) to a total of $41.7 billion. Within that increase are the following:
- A $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s research to a total of $2.8 billion;
- $500 million for the BRAIN Initiative, a $71 million increase;
- $500 million for the All of Us precision medicine initiative, up $161 million;
- A total of more than $800 million for opioid addiction research, alternative pain management research, and treatment;
- $578 million for Clinical and Translational Science Awards, up more than $18 million;
In addition, the bill includes $3.9 billion for mental health programs, which represents an increase of $328 million.
The vote is expected in the House by early to mid-afternoon and in the Senate by Thursday or Friday. The White House has indicated the President will sign the bill.