On March 23, Congress passed and the president signed into law a $1.3 trillion “omnibus” spending bill that funds the government for the rest of the 2018 fiscal year, which runs through September 30.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the primary federal agency responsible for medical and public health research, received $37.1 billion in discretionary funding, a 9 percent increase over the fiscal year 2017 funding level.
Within NIH, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which is the institute responsible for kidney disease research, received $1.97 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of 5.3 percent from the previous year’s funding level.
The spending bill also includes $2.5 million for chronic kidney disease within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The center brings together data, health care systems and communities to prevent chronic diseases and promote health and wellness for Americans of all ages.