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HR 5455, the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act, allows for enacted budget increases to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to go into place even if such increases would exceed the government's self-imposed spending limits. More specifically, during fiscal years 2019 through 2021, if Congress appropriates more than $3.7084 billion specifically to the NIH, any excess appropriations above that base amount would trigger a matching increase in the federal budget so that the NIH could receive exactly the amount of excess funds appropriated to them. Maximum possible budget increases beyond the base amount range from $5 billion in fiscal year 2019 to $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2021. Such budget increases, however, are contingent upon Congress successfully appropriating the excess money to the NIH in the first place.


HR 5455 was introduced in the House on April 10, 2018, and referred to the Committee on the Budget on the same date.


Sponsor: Representative Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT-3)

Primary Author 
Andrew Pericak, MEM
Recommended Citation 

Duke SciPol, "First Look: Accelerating Biomedical Research Act (HR 5455, 115th Congress)", available at (04/25/2018).

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