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Senate Committee Votes Boost for NIH

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Science  11 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5383, pp. 1579-1580
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5383.1579

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The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved a bill that would raise the National Institutes of Health budget by almost $2 billion, to $15.6 billion. That would amount to a massive increase of 14.7%, $800 million more than the NIH increase proposed by the White House. If the bill is approved as written, it would put NIH on track for doubling its budget within 5 years, an ambitious goal set by health research advocates and congressional leaders early this year. But the bill still faces many budgetary and political hurdles.