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Capitol Health Call
November 8, 2006

Bioscience Funding

JAMA. 2006;296(18):2194. doi:10.1001/jama.296.18.2194-d

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology launched a letter-writing campaign in September urging lawmakers to keep their promise to increase funding for health and education programs, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), by $7 billion more than has been requested by the Bush administration.

The letters ask members of Congress to support the work of Sens Arlen Specter (R, Pa) and Tom Harkin (D, Iowa) and Rep Mike Castle (R, Del) who have been pushing, through an amendment, for a $30.2 billion appropriation for the federal departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Labor, which also covers the NIH. The Bush administration had requested $23.2 billion. House leadership said they had found an extra $4.1 billion and that any additional money to make the $7 billion target would need to come from cuts from other budget items.