NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US House of Representatives late yesterday passed an omnibus spending bill that would provide fiscal 2008 funding of $29.2 billion for the National Institutes of Health — $800 million less than Congress had initially sought.
 
The House sent the bill to the White House to be signed by President George W. Bush, but he will likely seek earmark cuts.
 

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