The House Appropriations Committee marked up (definition) its portion of the $825 billion stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 598). The package passed by a vote of 35-22 in the full committee. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey (D-WI) hopes to have a vote on the House floor by next week.
Also, the Senate Appropriations Committee tentatively scheduled a markup of the Senate stimulus package for next week as well. There is rumor that Congress is aiming to finish work on this effort by the start of the President’s Day recess.
This bill includes $2 billion in funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).