After weeks of work, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released their FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which is expected to be considered by both chambers later this week. While we are still gathering information about the legislation, I am elated to report the bill contains a number of victories for the diabetes community, which will help make 2014 a very Happy New Year. The FY 2014 omnibus legislation dramatically increases diabetes research and prevention funding at the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention!
First, the omnibus legislation provides $137.3 million for the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT), which is a $76 million increase in funding for the DDT – more than double the resources provided in FY 2013. This is truly a historic event – this is a nearly a 125% increase in funding over last year! Second, the FY 2014 omnibus bill provides $10 million for the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which was not funded in FY 2013, and is another major victory. Third, the FY 2014 omnibus bill provides $1.744.247 billion for the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is a $51 million increase over the level of funding provided in FY 2013 – and a 3% increase for the Institute.
The House and the Senate are expected to take up the bill later this week, If passed by Congress and signed by the President, this legislation will help propel the nation forward in the effort to stop diabetes. Make no mistake, these amazing increases could not have happened without your advocacy – thank you for all of your wonderful efforts! Over the course of 2013, you took the time to send a loud and clear message to your Members of Congress to tell them how important it is to make a deeper investment in diabetes research and prevention at NIH and CDC! Thank you for all of your wonderful efforts! Those calls and emails were heard!!
The support for the DDT, National Diabetes Prevention Program, and NIDDK included in the FY 14 Omnibus Appropriations bill wouldn’t be possible without your collective voices! As the bill moves forward, we will keep you updated with the latest developments. Remember to keep letting your Members of Congress know how important these programs in the fight to stop diabetes! Our efforts depend on our continued work together!