Budget Surprise

A US House of Representatives panel is recommending that NIH receive a budget increase for fiscal yeat 2012, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. The panel released a draft spending bill last week that would raise NIH's budget by $1 billion to $31.7 billion, a 3.3 percent increase compared with the 2011 budget, Kaiser says. The spending boost matches a request made by President Obama, and reverses a $190 million spending cut approved by the Senate last week.

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