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Capitol Health Call
January 14, 2004

2004 Budget In Limbo

JAMA. 2004;291(2):172. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.172-a

Congress broke for the holidays without passing an omnibus budget bill for fiscal year 2004, which began October 1, 2003. A continuing resolution is keeping the government afloat until the 108th Congress resumes session on January 20.

The spending bill includes a $1 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, raising its annual budget to $28 billion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is slated to receive $4.8 billion, up $262 million from last year. Other provisions include: $100 million for the "Access to Recovery" initiative to establish state voucher programs for individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse, $75 million for abstinence-only education, and $2.4 billion to fight AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean.

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