NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Senate yesterday passed on to the White House an appropriations bill that will fund much of the Federal Government for the remainder of fiscal 2009 that includes the expected funding increases for several scientific research agencies.

Despite intense argument in the Senate about the thousands of earmarks in the bill, the $410 billion omnibus bill passed without amendments by a vote of 62 to 35.

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