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Senate offers extra $2bn for NIH

The Senate appropriations committee has approved a fiscal year 2018 budget that includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health and does not seek to restrict NIH funding for stem-cell work.

The $2bn boost for the NIH, approved on 7 September, would be the agency’s third increase in a row, bringing its budget to more than $36bn. President Donald Trump had proposed a nearly $6bn cut for NIH in FY2018, but that request was ignored by lawmakers in both the House and Senate.

“I’m proud that we were able to secure another $2bn increase for the NIH, providing doctors and researchers more resources to help them treat and cure our most deadly and costliest diseases,” said Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican and chairman of the Senate labor and health and human services appropriations subcommittee.

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