Conferees for both the House and Senate have come to an agreement on a stimulus package. Both chambers agreed on a $789 billion price tag. “The bills were really quite similar, and I’m pleased to announce that we’ve been able to bridge those differences,” said Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV).
“Like any negotiation, this involved give and take, and if you don’t mind my saying so, that’s an understatement,” he said. (CNN.com, 2-11-09)
No word yet on the final amount for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Senate version provided a total of $10 billion to the agency.