H.J.Res. 73: The Research for Lifesaving Cures Act

H.J.Res. 73

The Research for Lifesaving Cures Act

Date
October 2, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013 the House will begin consideration of the Research for Lifesaving Cures Act, under a rule. The bill was introduced on October 2, 2013 by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Bill Summary

The joint resolution provides immediate funding for the National Institutes of Health at the same rate and under the same conditions as in effect at the end of the just completed fiscal year. Funds are available until another appropriations bill (such as regular bill or CR) is enacted for these operations or December 15, 2013.

Background

Funding for the National Institutes of Health is contained in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill.  On October 1, 2013, a lapse in federal funding resulted in a federal government shut down, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Reports suggest that NIH may turn away patients as a result of the shutdown.[1]

Cost

CBO reported that enacting H.J.Res. 73 would result in budget authority of $29.2 billion.