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.
Vastag B. 2004 Budget In Limbo. JAMA. 2004;291(2):172. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.172-a