Funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would dip by 1%, or about $63.1 million, from $6.281 billion in FY ’11 to $6.218 billion; Obama proposed increasing CDC’s funding in FY ’12 to $6.393 billion.
CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases would remain flat under the Senate Appropriations spending plan at $252.443 million. For the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Senate Appropriations approved freezing spending at about $1.116 billion in FY 2012.
A segment of CDC to see a significant increase was the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, which in FY 2012 could see $50 million over the previous year. Spending would rise 6.7% from $748.257 million to $798.257 million. The boost reflects a $50 million expansion of the Section 317 immunization program.
Two centers within the Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health will see small increases under the Senate Appropriations plan, tied to increased data collection toward fighting disease. Funding for the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities would rise by $2 million, or 1.5%, to $138.072 million. Obama requested a 5.8% increase to $143.899 million. The entire $2 million increase will be spent to collect data on congenital heart disease.
CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion would see $4 million, or 0.5%, more in funds under the Senate panel’s spending plan, to give it $777.987 million. Obama sought to cut nearly $50 million from the office’s budget, proposing $725.207 million.
Much of the increase, $2.576 million, reflects an expansion of the National Lupus Patient Registry. Lupus registry funding will climb to $4.462 million from $1.886 million. The chronic disease prevention center would also fund data collection in two disease categories left unfunded during FY 2011: inflammatory bowel disease ($680,000) and interstitial cystitis ($654,000).
The panel approved a $10 million spending cut for the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response to $1.405 billion in FY 2012 from $1.415 billion in FY ’11. Obama proposed raising the office’s budget by 2.6% to $1.452 billion. The $10 million cut comes entirely from State and Local Preparedness and Response Capability funds, and was actually an increase of $3.246 million from the $651.048 million proposed for that purpose by the president.
A major opportunity beckons the CDC, NIH, and Congress: a balancing act between continuing progress in the fight against cancer and other diseases and containing costs as promised by lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle who are scrambling to satisfy increasingly angry taxpayers and voters. Like the rest of the U.S., the agencies will be forced to make do with as much as last year if not less.