In the current, lame-duck session of Congress, an economic stimulus bill introduced yesterday (Nov 17) would give the linkurl:National Institutes of Health; 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,; 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; (D-WV) and linkurl:Harry Reid; (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...

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