NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A key subcommittee in the US House of Representatives has agreed on a bill that would keep the budget for the National Institutes of Health flat at $30.6 billion in 2013. The proposal would be a very marginal cut from the $30.7 billion that was recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, and which President Barack Obama requested early this year in his 2013 budget.

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