US Congress drafts funding boost

Biomedical advocates worry about NIH shortfall as Fiscal 2008 budget process begins in Congress

Ted Agres
Jun 17, 2007
Spending bills for Fiscal 2008 drafted thus far in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide "significant increases" for key federal agency research and development programs for the first time in four years, a new analysis states. But the proposals sharply exceed budget requests by the administration of President George W. Bush, and therefore risk being vetoed. The House's proposed increase for the National Institutes of Health - while significantly larger than the White House has requested - will once again be insufficient for the NIH to keep pace with the rate of biomedical inflation, estimated at 3.7% for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, 2007. "It's clear that the House is interested in increasing R&D funding relative to scientific innovation, climate change, and renewable energy," said Kei Koizumi, director of the R&D Budget and Policy Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). "Of course...

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