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House of Representatives Approves NIH Funding Increase

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.

The bill — which represents the fourth consecutive annual funding increase for the NIH — specifically calls for an additional $425 million for Alzheimer's disease research for a total of $2.34 billion; $429.4 million for the BRAIN initiative, a $29 million increase; and $376 million for the All of Us precision medicine study, $86 million more than in FY 2018.

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