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Policy Corner: House Committee Supports NIH; Senate Needs to Hear from You

House Gets the Message:
Last Thursday, the House Labor/Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2011 bill by a vote of 11 – 5. The bill provides $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – approximately $1 billion (3.2 percent) more than the FY 2010 level. In his opening statement, Chairman Obey (D-WI) referenced the fiscal constraints facing the subcommittee, noting that the bill’s total funding level is roughly $1.5 billion less that the President’s request. The chairman also said “A fifth theme [of the bill] is continued support for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health, where the bill fully funds the Administration’s requested $1 billion increase. Within limited resources, this year’s bill puts the emphasis on translating basic research results into practical and available cures and treatments.” more


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