Shelby also raised concerns with the budget's flat-funding of medical research at the National Institutes of Health, at $31 billion. The administration says it is overhauling its NIH grant-making process in order to increase the number of new research grants.
Panel Chairman Tom HarkinTom HarkinGrassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream Do candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? MORE (D-Iowa) also criticized the proposed budget, specifically its $4.5 billion cut to the $15 billion Prevention Fund he championed in the healthcare reform law.
"I don't know when we're going to learn that our mothers were right: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," Harkin said. "And that's true in healthcare."