NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The US House of Representatives passed a $410 billion 2009 appropriations bill for a number of agencies yesterday that will include some increases for the research community, including nearly $1 billion more for the National Institutes of Health.

Passed largely along party lines in the Democratic-controlled House (245 yes votes to 178 no votes), the bill will fund a number of large federal departments that have been operating under a continuing resolution since the end of the last fiscal year in September.

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