Congress Approves Funding Bill

Today, Congress approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2015, known as the “FY16 Omnibus Bill,” by vote of 316-113 in the US House of Representatives and a vote of 65-33 in the US Senate. The President is expected to sign this bill into law. This legislation provides funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2016. Specifically, $32.084 billion, a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health and $415.5 million, a $15.7 million increase for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. This is the most significant increase for NIH in over a decade. This legislation also provides the following funding levels:

  • $18 million, a $2.3 million increase for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Oral Health
  • $35.8 million, a $1.9 million increase for the Health Resources and Services Administration Title VII oral health training program
  • $334 million, a $30 million decrease for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • $160.4 million, a $5 million increase for the National Center for Health Statistics
  • $7.46 billion, a $119 million increase for the National Science Foundation

We greatly appreciate all of the efforts by AADR members secure this increased funding for fiscal year 2016!

Significant Increases for NIH and NIDCR in FY16 Omnibus Spending Bill – Your ACTION Still Needed!

Very early this morning Congress released the final fiscal year (FY) 2016 appropriation bill, better known as the FY16 Omnibus Bill. This legislation provides $32.084 billion, a $2 billion increase, for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $415.5 million, a $15.7 million increase, for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). This is the most significant increase NIH and NIDCR have received in nearly a decade!

Bottom line, your advocacy worked and Congress listened! This past year AADR conducted over 160 meetings with members of Congress, sent nearly 500 emails to policymakers and joined with the broader scientific and dental communities to secure this increased funding.

Thank you for all of your efforts, but we still need your help. Congress is slated to approve another short term continuing resolution through December 22 to keep the government running and give them time to vote on this bill. Please click here to send an email to Congress urging your policymaker to vote YES on the FY16 Omnibus Appropriation bill.

As a reminder, when Congress returns from the holiday break they will begin working on the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bills. Please join us in our advocacy for NIDCR and click here to register for our February 23, 2016 advocacy day on Capitol Hill.

Thank you again for being part of AADR’s advocacy program!

PS For additional information be sure to view AADR’s government affairs blog for additional updates and analysis about the bill. Also, click here and view Division H to review the text of the legislation.

Short Term Funding Bill Introduced

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee released a short term continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December 16, 2015 to allow more time for the House and Senate appropriators to finalize work on a massive spending bill to keep the government operating for the remainder of the fiscal year. It is expected this short term funding resolution will be approved by both the House and Senate averting a shutdown of the federal government, for now.

AADR will closely monitor these developments and provide updates as this process unfolds.

Complimentary Advocacy Day Registration is Open: Let’s Ask Congress to Support Research & Oral Health

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join AADR on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for our annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Our advocacy day is being held earlier this year to maximize our impact with Congress and to better influence the annual funding process. In a time of limited resources it is vitally important that Congress hears from AADR members about the value of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), your research and other oral health programs. The AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill will include a morning key issues briefing and training session; and an afternoon of individual and/or small group meetings with participants’ members of Congress and their staff.

Registration is easy. Simply click here to register for this event. There is no registration fee to attend.

Please note: Registering for the AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill should be viewed as a professional commitment. Canceling at the last minute will harm AADR’s relationship with members of Congress and their staff. Registration closes February 1, 2016.

The schedule for Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is designed to allow participants to fly or drive into and out of Washington, D.C., on the same day if feasible and desired. Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport (5 miles) to Capitol Hill. However, for participants attending from distant locations, an overnight stay may be required. This time of year is extremely busy for tourism in Washington, D.C., and hotel rooms book quickly. If you need a hotel room, please do not wait until the last minute and feel free to reach out to AADR staff for hotel recommendations.

Preliminary Schedule of events Tuesday, February 23, 2016

8:30 a.m. Breakfast Available
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Morning Briefing and Advocacy Training Session
Senate Russell Office Building Room 385
11 a.m. Lunch Available
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Meetings with Members of Congress and their staff at various locations
on Capitol Hill

Visit www.aadr.org/advocacyday for more information as it becomes available. Questions may be directed to AADR Director of Government Affairs Carolyn Mullen at cmullen@aadr.org or 1.703.299.8098.

NIH Advisory Committee to the Director will meet December 10 & 11, 2015

On Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11 the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the National Institutes of Health will meet to discuss a number of topics. The dental, oral and craniofaical research community is encouraged to watch the webcast to receive updates on the precision medicine initiative, the NIH-wide strategic plan, funding for HIV/AIDS and the big data to knowledge (B2K) initiative. In general, the ACD makes recommendations concerning program development, resource allocation, NIH administrative regulation and policy, and other specific or general aspects of NIH policy. The Committee also reviews and makes recommendations on applications for grants and cooperative agreements for research and training for projects that show promise of making valuable contributions to human knowledge.

Click here for additional information about the meeting.

Click here to view the live webcast next week.