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House Passes 2009 Budget Including 3 Percent Rise for NIH

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.

Introduced by House Committee on Appropriations Chair Dave Obey (R – Wis.), the omnibus bill requests $30.3 billion for NIH, an increase of $938 million, and $6.6 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up $239 million.

The bill also seeks $819 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, up from $674 million last year; $4.8 billion for the Department of Energy's Office of Science; and just under $1.2 billion for DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs.

In addition, under the House draft, the Food and Drug Administration would receive a $335 million boost up to $2 billion, while $972 million would go to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, up $41 million from the 2008 budget.

The Senate is expected to take up consideration of its version of the 2009 omnibus bill next week.

The White House also is expected to unveil its budget outline for 2010 sometime today, and to present a complete budget in late April.

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