NIH/NIA Appropriations Legislation:
H.R. 3547 – On January 17, 2014, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, as P.L. 113-76. This Act contained funding for all 12 Congressional Appropriation bills including Labor, HHS, and provided $1 billion increase for NIH over the post-sequester funding level of FY2013.
H.J. Res. 59 - On December 26, 2013, the President signed into law H.J. Res. 59, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, as P.L. 113-67. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 adjusted the non-defense discretionary funding level to $1.012 trillion for FY 2014, which is $45 billion above current FY 2014 levels. At this level, a discretionary cap sequester did not occur in FY 2014 appropriation. It also raises the discretionary spending cap to $1.014 trillion for FY 2015.
P.L. 113-67 also includes a provision concerning the Department of Commerce and access to the Death Master File made available through the Social Security Administration. The current provision, properly construed, would allow disclosure of death records to HHS grantees under the certification provision.
G-8 Dementia Summit:
On December 11, 2013, Dr. Richard Hodes attended the G-8 Summit in London with other United States Delegates, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Dr. Donald Moulds, Erika Elvander from the DHHS Office of Global Affairs; Dr. Philip Rubin, Principal Assistant Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Dr. John Wingfield from the National Science Foundation. The goal of the Summit was to develop a coordinated global strategy for addressing the growing burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). The U.S. will host one of the four G-8 Dementia Legacy Meetings in February 2015 on the NIH campus.
Congressional Visits and Hearings:
On October 29, 2013, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a Roundtable discussion entitled "Tackling Diseases of Aging: Why Research Collaboration Matters." This roundtable took place in conjunction with the NIH Geroscience Summit held on October 30-31. Dr. Richard Hodes participated in the roundtable.
On November 8, 2013, Dr. Miroslaw Mackiewicz, Program Director, Integrative Neurobiology, Sleep and Biorhythms at the NIA Division of Neuroscience joined Dr. James P. Kiley, Director of Division of Lung Diseases, NHLBI and Dr. Michael J. Twery, Director of National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, NHLBI to provide a briefing on NIH sleep and aging research for staff at Representative Mike Honda (D-CA-17).
On November 19, 2013, at the request of Laura Friedel, Minority Clerk, and Adrienne Hallett, Clerk, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education, the congressional staff met with Neil Buckholtz, Tony Phelps, Nina Silverberg, and Charlene Liggins, NIA, Walter Koroshetz, Rod Corriveau, and Heather Rieff, NINDS. Jennifer Gannon, ASFR, Tamara Jones, NIA, Anne Houser, OLPA, and Lauren Higgins also attended.
On January 15, 2014, Richard Hodes, Director, NIA, testified at a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations (Chris Smith [R-NJ], Chair) entitled, “A Report on the G-8 Dementia Summit.” Francis Collins, Director, NIH, and Richard Hodes attended the Summit, which took place in London in December.
Capitol Hill Announcements:
On November 7, 2013, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) was announced as the new Senate Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease. Senator Markey will join fellow co-chairs, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mark Warren (D-VA) and House Co-chairs, Representatives, Maxine Waters (D- CA) and Chris Smith (R- NJ).
Tamara Jones, Ph.D. (Contractor)
Health Policy Analyst
National Institute on Aging