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NIH Still Feeling Budgetary Pinch, As Emergency Ebola Funding Excluded From Federal Spending Limits

The Lancet: NIH budget shrinks despite Ebola emergency funds
“…Congress narrowly approved the US$5.4 billion emergency Ebola funding contained in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that kept the U.S. government running. But so far, it has done little to loosen the budget constraints on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — even as a global health crisis such as Ebola reminded many lawmakers of its value. … Because the Ebola funding was designated for emergency purposes, it is excluded from federal spending limits, Adam Wexler, director of the Global Health Budget Project at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy research organization, told The Lancet…” (Jaffe, 1/31).

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