A U.S. Senate panel has okayed President Barack Obama's request for next year's funding for the National Institutes of Health -- a $442 million boost, for a total of $30.8 billion. According to linkurl:a statement;http://appropriations.senate.gov/News/2009_07_28_Summary_of_FY_2010_Labor_HHS_Appropriations.pdf?CFID=7971628&CFTOKEN=44101372 released by the Senate, lawmakers decided not to award the agency a huge amount of funding because of the recent stimulus package, which passed $10 billion on to the NIH. "The Committee expects to put a higher priority on these critical programs in the fiscal year 2011 appropriations bill," the statement said.

This increase linkurl:halved what the U.S. House of Representatives requested;http://blogs.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2009/07/house-panel-giv.html for the agency last week. The two proposals must be reconciled before they are signed into law. Jennifer Zeitzer, director of legislative relations for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, linkurl:told ScienceInsider;http://blogs.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2009/07/only-14-boost-f.html that the Senate bill does not include requests from President Obama to increase funding for specific diseases (cancer...

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