Senate expected to approve HHS bill that includes ONCHIT funding
The package includes approximately $145 billion in discretionary spending for the Labor-HHS-Education section but cuts ONCHIT’s requested funding is chopped almost in half, from $118 million to $61 million. ONCHIT is charged with spearheading nationwide adoptions of EHRs.
Under the package, $335 million is allotted for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality programs, which include $30 million for clinical effectiveness research.
In related news, President Bush last Friday signed a third continuing resolution that will fund most Cabinet departments and federal agencies at fiscal year 2007 levels until Dec. 21, "requiring some agencies to cope with rising workloads with no increase in resources," according to the The New York Times. The previous CR expired on Friday.
Bush said that in the event that lawmakers fail to pass such a package, they "should not carry the unfinished business of 2007 into the new year" and "should pass a one-year continuing resolution that does not include wasteful spending or higher taxes," according to Congress Daily.