AAMC Applauds Passage of Spending Package

Measure Includes Provisions Crucial to Veterans and Zika Response

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement on the passage of a spending package that includes the full FY 2017 Military Construction-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spending bill and a continuing resolution (CR) that funds other agencies through December 9, 2016, and provides emergency supplemental funding for Zika:

“The AAMC commends the House and Senate for passing a spending package that funds the VA through the end of FY 2017 and includes a $44 million increase for VA Medical and Prosthetic Research, as urged by the AAMC and the Friends of VA coalition during conference negotiations.

Congress also included critical support for Zika response, with funding for vaccine development and diagnostics and other related research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH); vaccine development through the Department of Health and Human Services Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority; and $6 million to assign National Health Service Corps clinicians, including pediatric subspecialists, to affected areas to combat the spread of the disease.

We strongly urge Congress to pass a full omnibus spending bill when they return in the fall that funds all other agencies through FY 2017 and includes the Senate-proposed $34.1 billion for NIH.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 154 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.