Legislative Updates

Updates about what is happening on the legislative and regulatory level – news events that affect your digestive health.

Looking Ahead to the 114th Congress

March 11, 2015

The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015 (HR 2311) was reintroduced in the US House of Representatives on May 13, 2015 by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (WI-5) and it needs your continued support.

The 114th Congress began January 3, 2015. Every 2 years in January a new Congress starts over with new legislation to consider. Bills not acted on in the previous Congress can be reintroduced in the new Congress (often with a new number), and the legislative process will start again.

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Funding for Digestive Conditions Included in President's FY 2016 Budget Request

February 27, 2015

Earlier this month the White House issued the President's Budget Request (PBR) to the newly installed 114th Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2016. Highlights of the proposal included:

Funding Support for Digestive Conditions Research in the U.S. Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Bill

December 18, 2014

On December 16, 2014 President Obama signed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which funds federal agencies through fiscal year (FY) 2015.

Few programs received increases in the $1.1 trillion budget package. However, the nation’s main biomedical research agency, National Institutes of Health (NIH), did receive a modest increase (0.5%) of $150 million. The funding package for NIH in FY 2015 totals $30.084 billion.

The State of Research at NIH & NIDDK

October 02, 2014

In inflation adjusted dollars, National Institutes of Health (NIH) appropriations are approximately at the same level as 15 years ago.

NIDDK is the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of 27 NIH Institutes and Centers. The NIDDK conducts and supports basic and applied research. Access the website at www.niddk.nih.gov.

Support for H.R. 842 from the Empire State

September 11, 2014

On Wednesday, Representative Peter King cosponsored The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 842). Congressman King represents New York's 2nd congressional district along the South Shore of Long Island.

NIH Funding for 2015 Proposed by Senate Subcommitte

August 13, 2014

Prior to Congress adjourning for their annual summer recess, the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed several measures to be considered for fiscal year (FY) 2015. These included $30.46 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $605.67 million over FY 2014. This 2% increase falls short of the $32 billion being requested by the Digestive Health Alliance and the broader health community.

Senate Committee Approves Gulf War Illness Research Funding

July 22, 2014

Gulf War Illness and Functional GI Disorders

On July 17, 2014 the Senate Appropriations Committee included a $47.5 million increase, to $247.5 million, in the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program approved in its fiscal year (FY) 2015 Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations Bill. 

Statement from IFFGD to FDA on Applications for New Drugs

July 18, 2014

Earlier this week, IFFGD President and Co-Founder, Nancy J. Norton, submitted the written statement to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in regard to regulatory changes made by FDA for Investigational New Drug Applications (INDs). New guidelines from the FDA, which were published without prior notice or public discussion, require INDs for clinical research studies involving foods. The new guidelines are vague and may also inhibit clinical research in areas that are essential to investigation of functional GI and motility disorders.

Support for H.R. 842 from the Granite State

July 16, 2014

On Tuesday, New Hampshire's Representative Carol Shea-Porter became a cosponsor of The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 842). Congresswoman Shea-Porter represents the 1st congressional district in southeastern New Hampshire. 

Another Cosponsor Rejoins The Functional GI & Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act

July 14, 2014

On July 11, 2014, Representative David Price cosponsored The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 842). Representative Price previously cosponsored The FGIMD Research Enhancement Act of 2011, and we appreciate his continued support of the millions of Americans affected by functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.