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October 8, 1996

Status of NIH Funding

On Monday, September 30th, the President signed into law a catchall spending bill, which included an increase of roughly $820 million, or 6.8 percent, for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and an increase of $45 million, or 5.8 percent, for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). This result would not have been possible without the hard work, countless letters, phone calls and contacts made to elected officials by JDF volunteers stressing the importance of an increase of this magnitude for federally funded medical and diabetes research!

Status of NIH Funding for the 104th Congress

As the Second Session of the 104th Congress winds down, the JDF Government Relations Department, in thanking all of you for your hard work over the past two years, wanted to demonstrate the difference our collective advocacy efforts have made in the level of federally funded medical research through the programs of the NIH and the NIDDK. To this end, the chart below compares NIH and NIDDK’s percent change in funding with the percent change in funding for overall Nondefense Discretionary Funding (NDF) programs throughout the 104th Congress.

FY '95 FY '96 % Change FY '96 FY '97 % Change 104th % Change
NIDDK $738.4 $771 4.4% $771 $816 5.8% 10.3%
NIH $11,284 $11,939 5.8% $11,939 $12,747 6.8% 12.6%
NDF* $234,716 $212,061 -9.7% $212,061 $218,253 2.9% -6.7%

Swing Factor From Typical NDF Program to NIH and NIDDK Funding for the 104th Congress =19.3% or $2.22 Billion for NIH / 17% or $127.1 Million for NIDDK
* NDF=Nondefense Discretionary Funding excluding funding for NIH

To summarize, while NIDDK and NIH received a 4.4 and a 5.8 percent increase respectively for FY 96, all other NDF programs received a 9.7 percent decrease. In addition, for FY 97 NIDDK and NIH received a 5.8 and a 6.8 percent increase, and all other NDF programs received a 2.9 percent increase. This means that over the 104th Congress (last two years) the difference or swing factor in funding for NIDDK and NIH was 17 and 19.3 percent respectively. This means, NIDDK did $127.1 million better, and NIH did $2.22 billion better, than they would have if they had been treated as a typical NDF program and given the 9.7 percent decrease in FY 96 and the 2.9 percent increase in FY 97.

A difference of this size, $127.1 million for NIDDK and $2.22 billion for NIH, over the 104th Congress in comparison to other Nondefense Discretionary Funding is no small feat and would not have been possible without the advocacy efforts of JDF volunteers. It is important to savor this victory; however, until we have a cure for diabetes and its complications, our job is not done.

The Next Step

The adjournment of the 104th Congress signals the change in focus of our campaign for increases in federally funded medical and diabetes research from Washington to your local towns and cities. Because as Members of Congress and the President campaign for re-election it is crucial for you to decide which candidate is right for you and which candidate supports continued increases in federal funding for medical and diabetes research. Once you have made this decision, you must remember to vote on November 5th. Each vote cast for a candidate who supports increases for medical and diabetes research helps to put us that much closer to maintaining and sustaining the National Institutes of Health as a national priority. More importantly, it puts us that much closer to finding a cure for diabetes and its complications! Finally, as you see your Elected officials out and about in your community campaigning, be sure to thank them for their votes and support of previous increases for NIH, and remind them how important this issue is to you and to the decision you make on November 5th.

If you have any questions or concerns related to this update please contact Eric Schutt at or 1-800-JDF-1VOTE.

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