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Senate Maintains NIH's 3 Percent Boost for 2009

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.

As GenomeWeb Daily News reported when the House of Representatives passed the bill, it includes $30.3 billion for the National Institutes of Health. That is an increase of $938 million over 2008. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will receive $6.6 billion, an increase of $239 million.

The National Institutes of Standards and Technology will receive $819 million, and the Department of Energy's Office of Science will receive $4.8 billion, with $1.2 billion for the DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs.

The Food and Drug Administration will receive a $335 million boost up to $2 billion, while $972 million would go to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, an increase of $41 million from the 2008 budget.

President Obama today called the spending bill "imperfect" but said he will sign it.

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