Senate OKs big NIH bump

The US Senate, which is furiously debating the details of the economic stimulus package making its way through Congress, passed an amendment yesterday (Feb. 3) to add $6.5 billion in National Institutes of Health funding on top of the $3.5 billion already allotted to the agency in the bill. Science advocacy groups praised passage of the amendment, which was sponsored by Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). linkurl:Richard Marchase,;http://main.uab.edu/show.a

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Feb 3, 2009
The US Senate, which is furiously debating the details of the economic stimulus package making its way through Congress, passed an amendment yesterday (Feb. 3) to add $6.5 billion in National Institutes of Health funding on top of the $3.5 billion already allotted to the agency in the bill. Science advocacy groups praised passage of the amendment, which was sponsored by Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). linkurl:Richard Marchase,;http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=8039 president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), said that the sponsors of the amendment were "champions of biomedical research," in a statement. "Millions of Americans who suffer from devastating illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer's disease, as well as the hundreds of thousands whose jobs depend on NIH funding, owe a great deal to these leaders," he added. "It is our hope that the economic recovery package is one step forward towards a...
(Feb. 3) to add $6.5 billion in National Institutes of Health funding on top of the $3.5 billion already allotted to the agency in the bill. Science advocacy groups praised passage of the amendment, which was sponsored by Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). linkurl:Richard Marchase,;http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=8039 president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), said that the sponsors of the amendment were "champions of biomedical research," in a statement. "Millions of Americans who suffer from devastating illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer's disease, as well as the hundreds of thousands whose jobs depend on NIH funding, owe a great deal to these leaders," he added. "It is our hope that the economic recovery package is one step forward towards a long-term, sustainable investment in medical research." linkurl:John Morrison,;http://www.mountsinai.org/Find%20A%20Faculty/profile.do?id=0000072500001497270992 the chair of Society for Neuroscience's (SfN) government and public affairs committee, added his encouragement for the NIH budget bump. "SfN applauds the efforts of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and others to provide $10 billion for the National Institutes of Health in the economic recovery package, helping to save and create jobs now while investing in our nation's long term health and economic strength," he said in a statement emailed to __The Scientist__. "SfN sees the economic recovery package as a first step of what must be a long-term national commitment to prioritize and stabilize research funding." The House (with no support from Republicans) passed a version of the stimulus bill, which provided $3.5 billion in NIH funding, last week. Democrats and Republicans in the Congress will continue thrashing out the finer points of the bill, and the legislature is expected to have a version ready for President Barack Obama to sign by mid-February. Exactly how an NIH funding increase will be spent remains to be determined.
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