House Subcommittee Cuts Funding to FDA
The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee took up its Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bill on May 24. The approved version of its bill includes a substantial reduction in funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The full House Appropriations Committee will consider this bill on May 31. If this proposal advances, the FDA will be a step closer to an 11.5% cut in budget authority for the coming fiscal year.
While the FDA fared better than other federal agencies in this bill, the proposed cut represents a significant decrease for the agency. The reduction is more than $500 million below the President’s budget request for the FDA. This is not acceptable for an agency that has been severely underfunded for decades and plays a central role in ensuring that new tools and treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s are made available to people who need them.
Advocates are seeking a higher number for FDA, as Senate prepares to act on funding issues for FY 2012. ACT-AD members are encouraged to weigh in with members of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee to support funding for the FDA in FY 2012 that is commensurate with the challenges it faces in protecting and promoting the health of all Americans, including those with Alzheimer’s disease.