The second minibus was approved Sept. 13 by a joint House and Senate Conference Committee. The bill:
- Funds the National Institutes of Health at $39 billion, an increase of $2 billion, for research to cure diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
- Funds programs to protect against health threats such as pandemics and bio-threats, providing $7.9 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and $2 billion to prepare for and prevent public health and social services emergencies with programs such as biomedical research, acquisition of medical supplies and vaccines, and hospital preparedness grants.
- Suggests to save taxpayers $50 million in future appropriations by creating the first Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund, where funds only become available for use in the event of a future public health emergency.
- Encourages economic growth with funding for job training programs and grants, Job Corps, and veterans employment services.
- Prepares the next generation through education programs, including college preparation and Pell grant funding, special education programs, preschool grants, charter schools, and state support and achievement grants.
- Helps to combat the opioid epidemic by providing $6.7 billion, a historic level of funding, for programs that fight, treat, and stop substance abuse and support access to mental health services. This includes $5.7 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a $584 million increase. This will fund activities authorized under the 21st Century Cures Act and other addiction and recovery programs. The legislation also provides increases for state opioid response grants and criminal justice programs such as drug courts.
- Improves school safety by investing $1.5 billion in the departments of Education and Health and Human Services.
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