NIH budget bump gets Senate vote

In the current, lame-duck session of Congress, an economic stimulus bill introduced yesterday (Nov 17) would give the linkurl:National Institutes of Health;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55179/ a $1 billion boost for FY 2008. The legislation and its billion-dollar-NIH-bump is being applauded by the linkurl:Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology,;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/54829/ a biomedical research association, but no one involved, including the bi

By | November 18, 2008

In the current, lame-duck session of Congress, an economic stimulus bill introduced yesterday (Nov 17) would give the linkurl:National Institutes of Health;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55179/ a $1 billion boost for FY 2008. The legislation and its billion-dollar-NIH-bump is being applauded by the linkurl:Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology,;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/54829/ a biomedical research association, but no one involved, including the bills authors, holds out much hope for passage of the legislation before the end of the year. The Reid/Byrd Economic Recovery Act of 2008, authored by Senators linkurl:Robert Byrd;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54842/ (D-WV) and linkurl:Harry Reid;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53059/ (D-NV), is the same that would give $25 billion to America's "big three" automakers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. A spokesperson from Sen. Reid's office said that the Senate would probably vote on the bill tomorrow. "The likelihood is that it will be blocked, but who knows what will happen," a FASEB spokesperson told __The Scientist__. If the bill makes it onto the floor of the Senate tomorrow, it is thought that Republicans will delay a vote until the next Congressional session in January 2009. __(Correction 11/19: In the original version of this story, Harry Reid was mislabeled "(R-NV)." The mistake has been corrected, and __The Scientist__ regrets the error.)__

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November 19, 2008

The merits of a bailout to the auto industry can be debated. Increased NIH funding is a no-brainer. But Harry Reid with an R next to his name?? He is one of the most partisan liberals in the Senate. Watch the typos Bob.\n\n

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