The Senate is expected to vote on the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (L-HHS) appropriations bill the week of October 15.
For the NIH, the Senate bill provides $29.9 billion, $250 million more than the House-passed L-HHS bill and $1.2 billion more than the President’s FY08 request. President Bush has threatened to veto the L-HHS bill because the House and Senate bills are $12 billion and $10 billion, respectively, more than the President proposed in his FY08 budget.
Strong, bipartisan support of the Senate bill is our best hope in the Congress to achieve a meaningful increase for the NIH. Otherwise the NIH will be forced to make further cuts in research as it has for the past few years.