More Than Requested

The US House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee approved a $942 million increase to the NIH budget, which would then total $31.3 billion. This 3.1 percent increase is more than double what the Obama administration requested, says Science Insider. The committee also rejected the administration's "targeted funding approach" that would have boosted cancer research funding more than other areas of research.

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