The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2014 funding bill by a party-line vote of 16 to 14 on July 11, 2013.  In his opening statement at subcommittee markup, Subcommittee Chair Tom Harkin explained the importance of increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The Senate bill includes $30.955 billion for NIH, an increase of $1.8 billion, or 6.18 percent, above the FY 2013 funding level under sequestration.  The FY 2014 level increases the funding lost to sequestration and also provides a small increase over the FY 2012 funding level.

The House has not advanced its version of the Labor-HHS funding bill for fiscal year 2014.