AAN President Stephen M. Sergay, MB BCh, FAAN, wrote a letter recently asking President Bush to support Congress' recommended funding levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in 2008. The Senate is expected to pass a 2.9-percent increase in NIH funding, while the House has already passed a 1.9-percent increase. In both cases, these figures represent the largest boost in NIH funding in four years.
The Senate and House bills both surpass the budget targets set by Bush, who has promised to veto all domestic discretionary spending in excess of his targets. The President's version of the Labor/HHS Appropriations bill (the vehicle for the NIH's funding in 2008) cuts five percent from last year's budget.