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US Senate Passes Amendment to Add $1.5B to 2006 NIH Budget; Must Still Clear House, Bush

NEW YORK, March 18 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Senate today passed the so-called Specter Amendment to the 2006 federal fiscal budget, which seeks to add $1.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health.

 

In order for the amendment to go into effect, it must be still be passed by the US House of Representatives and approved by President Bush.

 

The amendment means extra money for the NIH, in addition to a .7 percent NIH budget increase that has been proposed by President Bush.

 

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology commended the passage of the amendment, praising Senator Arlen Specter as a "tireless champion for biomedical research on behalf of those Americans suffering from illness or injury."

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