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NIH Gets $2.5 Billion More as Congress Wraps Up Budget

Science  22 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5500, pp. 2226
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5500.2226

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Last week, the U.S. Congress approved a 14.2% increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to a record $20.3 billion, keeping the agency on track to double its budget by 2003. The 15 December vote essentially upheld a funding deal that lawmakers had sealed on 29 October with a red wine toast, overcoming last-minute opposition from fiscal conservatives who sought to freeze budgets at existing levels.