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Capitol Health Call
September 13, 2016

Cancer Moonshot Stalls on the Launch Pad

JAMA. 2016;316(10):1035. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12341

When Congress adjourned in July for its 7-week recess, it left President Obama’s heavily touted Cancer Moonshot up in the air.

The House Appropriations Committee advanced its National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding bill without approving the seed money the White House is seeking for the billion-dollar project “to cure cancer once and for all.” Although the Senate Appropriations subcommittee was on board with giving the NIH an increase of $2 billion, with an additional $1.39 billion for Alzheimer disease research, it left unfunded a proposal to give the agency $680 million in 2017 to ramp up the moonshot (http://bit.ly/2aTplcL).

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