Congressman David Obey (D-WI), who consistently championed increased funding at federal research institutions, and was instrumental in passing last year's stimulus bill (with its $10 billion for the National Institutes of Health), announced Wednesday (May 5) that he will not be seeking reelection in this fall's Congressional elections.
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linkurl:Obey;, who served in Congress for more than 40 years, fought for increased federal funding for research as chair of the Appropriations Committee in the US House of Representatives. He was instrumental in pushing the stimulus bill as chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. Obey also had a hand in doubling the NIH budget in the salad days of the 1990s and voted in favor of bills that sought to provide federal funding for stem cell research. This March, science advocacy group Research!America linkurl:awarded; Obey its annual Edwin C....

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