NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The US Senate today passed its version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which holds $10 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health and support of less voluminous levels for other research agencies.

The bill, which passed at a vote of 61 in favor— including three Republican and one Independent votes — and 37 against, will now advance to a joint conference between the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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