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House appropriators back NIH funding increase

A House committee has proposed adding $1.25 billion to the National Institutes of Health’s budget in fiscal year 2017, about $700 million less than a Senate committee approved in June.

The House appropriations committee that oversees the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the NIH, released its draft of the labour, health and human services funding bill on 6 July. The subcommittee in charge of HHS legislation approved it the next day, but the new fiscal year looms on 1 October.

The next step for the $160bn spending bill is approval by the full appropriations committee, at which point it will move to the entire House for a vote. Neither of those has been scheduled.

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