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The stalemate between President Bush and Congress over this fiscal year’s federal budget all but kills the likelihood that the National Institutes of Health’s fiscal 2008 budget will be increased, says Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). As a result, he expects Bush to prevail over those in Congress who want to increase the NIH budget beyond the president’s proposed $28.9 billion for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 — 1.2 percent less than the agency saw in fiscal 2007. “The scientific community ought to be raising hell about that,” Specter says.

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