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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — The US House of Representatives last night approved an appropriations bill that includes a $2 billion increase in fiscal year 2019 funding for the National Institutes of Health to $39.1 billion.

The measure — which passed the House by a vote of 361 to 61 — would increase the NIH's budget by 5.4 percent over its current funding level and matches the spending package recently cleared by the Senate in a 93-to-7 vote.

President Donald Trump has indicated he intends to sign the legislation into law.

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