Progress on a $1.012 trillion spending package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 has been slowed this week due to broader policy considerations as House and Senate Appropriators race to finalize the legislation before current funding levels expire January 15. Congressional leaders have completed work on six of the 12 appropriations bills that will make up the final “omnibus” package and must still come to an agreement on several critical funding areas, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
However, unlike October 2013, Congress is unlikely to allow another government shutdown. If needed, a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government funded is expected to be passed to give negotiators more time to finalize the spending deal.
Although no details have been released, including funding levels for individual agencies and programs, the package is expected to include overall increases for non-defense spending. With a final draft of the legislation expected as soon as this upcoming weekend, it is essential that we take one last opportunity today to tell Members of Congress to strengthen funding for the NIH, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Defense Parkinson’s research program – all of which support efforts to deliver new treatments to people with Parkinson’s.
Contact your Members now to tell them to support these important programs as part of the final FY 2014 spending package!
Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.