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August 10, 1970

Medical News

JAMA. 1970;213(6):949-962. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170320001001

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House passes NIH budget; few gains seen for research  Scientists across the nation were probably encouraged recently by the first concrete indication of Congressional support for biomedical research.Many physician-investigators have been cautiously counting on support from the Senate and House of Representatives all along. After all, how many politicians would want to be known for delaying the discovery of a "cure for cancer" in an election year?The first four articles in this issue of Medical News, by associate editor Steve Murata, provide a look at the financial situation and some of its implications.Passage of the 1970 amendments to the Public Health Service (Hill-Burton) Act over a Presidential veto also raised hopes for more research dollars.These hopes finally took on substance, however, when the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, and Health, Education, and Welfare and Related Agencies completed hear