News of the Week1999 BUDGET FINALE

NIH Wins Big as Congress Lumps Together Eight Bills

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Science  23 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5389, pp. 598-599
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5389.598

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The grand budgetary finale of the 105th Congress last week was generous to many constituents--particularly biomedical scientists. In addition to bestowing billion-dollar subsidies on electric utilities and scores of highway projects on favored regions, White House and congressional leaders negotiated a last-minute deal that gives the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a record $2 billion raise in 1999. They also boosted energy science programs and extended tax breaks for corporate research through the current fiscal year, which began on 1 October.