The Senate passed the Labor HHS Appropriations bill, which includes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), by a vote of 75 – 19. President Bush has already threatened to veto the $606 billion Appropriations bill.
The NIH would receive an additional $1 billion dollars above the Fiscal Year 2007 budget. Under the President’s proposal the agency would have been cut by $289 million.
The bill will now go to conference where the House and the Senate will work out a compromise. They hope to send the compromised bill to the President by early November.
This will be the first of the 12 Appropriations bills sent to the White House.