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Congress Ready to Pass Omnibus Spending Bill This Week

Posted March 22, 2018

The $1.3 trillion spending bill was posted last night, with Congress now rushing to pass it by Friday midnight.

Highlights:

  • $10 billion more for HHS.
    • The agency overall would receive $88.1 billion in fiscal 2018, representing a $10.1 billion increase compared with fiscal 2017 levels
       
  • $4 million increase for Oral Health Training for a total of $40.7 million.
    • The agreement includes not less than $10,000,000 for General Dentistry Programs and not less than $10,000,000 for Pediatric Dentistry Programs
    • The agreement includes not less than $2,000,000 for the Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program
       
  • NIH would receive a nearly 9 percent bump to $37.1 billion
    • Which would include $100 million toward developing a universal flu vaccine
    • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research would receive a $22 million increase to $448 million
       
  • CDC would receive $8.3 billion under the legislation, a $1.1 billion boost and a sharp departure from the nearly $900 million in cuts that the White House proposed last month
     
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion would receive substantial increases including $19 million for oral health promotion
     
  • $4 billion to fight opioid crisis.
    • The funding - for prevention, treatment and law enforcement - is spread across agencies including HHS, Homeland Security, Justice and Veterans Affairs. It represents a $3 billion increase over what lawmakers committed last year to addressing the addiction epidemic
       
  • Congress failed to include funding for an ACA stabilization fund to help hold down health insurance premium costs