A spending bill that would increase the National Institutes of Health 2009 budget by $1.2 billion over President Bush's linkurl:proposed NIH budget;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54277/ was sidelined by partisan wrangling in the full House Committee on Appropriations today (June 26). "[Bush's] budget would result in 6,000 medical research scientists who will no longer be able to get their research funded," said Representative linkurl:David Obey;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/7522/ (D-WI), who is the chair of the Appropriations Committee, in his opening remarks. "I don't believe members of this committee on either side of the aisle want to see this happen." The NIH budget increase is part of a larger Labor, Health and Education bill which would restore several cuts or boost slight increases to federal education, healthcare, and energy assistance programs. The bill would increase spending by $8.2 billion over last year's bill and by $8 billion over Bush's Labor, Health and Education budget request for FY 2009....

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