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Congressional Affairs, February 2015

Prepared January 15, 2015


Congress wrapped up its appropriation work in December of last year, passing H.R. 83. NIH received $30.311 billion (excluding special Ebola funding), a 0.5% increase over FY 2014 Enacted levels. NIDA received an appropriation of $1.029 billion, a .31% increase over Enacted FY 2014 levels.

114th Congress

The most relevant committee-related information for NIDA is listed below.

Senate: In the Senate, primary focus is on the

  • Committee on Appropriations (Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Financial Services; and Commerce, Justice, Science;
  • Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP);
  • Committee on the Judiciary; and the
  • Caucus on International Narcotics Control (this is an officially recognized Caucus, established by law in 1985).

House: In the House, primary focus is on the

  • Committee on Appropriations (Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Financial Services; and Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies);
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce (Subcommittee on Health); and the
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (Subcommittee on Government Operations OR Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules1).

In both the House and Senate, committee and subcommittee rosters are still being finalized. To present a complete picture, details will be provided in the May Report to Council.

Legislation of Interest

The 114th Congress is in its very early days. We expect to see the reintroduction of legislation proposed in the 113th Congress, focused on issues such as marijuana law reform, prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment, and juvenile and criminal justice system reform. In subsequent reports to Council, we will report on those bills if/when they are introduced.

H.R. 203 – On January 12, 2015, the House passed the Clay Hunt SAV Act, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide for the conduct of annual evaluations of mental health care and suicide prevention programs of Department of Veterans Affairs, to require a pilot program on loan repayment for psychiatrists who agree to serve in the Veterans Health Administration, and for other purposes. The bill was referred to the Senate, which is expected to pass the legislation.

1 Jurisdictions still under review.