Lupus Advocacy Delivers Again!
December 21, 2020
After much back and forth, the U.S. Congress has come to an agreement on the year-end spending deal. Because of your efforts during the LRA’s Virtual Hill Day in March, the need to fund research for lupus and other medical conditions has remained clear and our requests are being largely granted. The bill is close to being passed – here are the details as of December 21.
Both sides of Congress – the House and the Senate — will be voting in the next few days to provide $10 million for the Lupus Research Program at the U.S. Department of Defense – exactly what LRA advocates requested at our virtual Hill day in March. The same federal spending bill would also provide a significant boost to the National Institutes of Health, bringing that total budget to $42.9 billion for biomedical research which is an increase of $1.25B over last year’s budget.
In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is slated to receive a total of $3.2 billion in discretionary funding, which is $43m above last year’s enacted level.
Next step, Congress sent to President Trump to sign the bill into law.