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January 27, 2009--The House of Representatives and Senate released a draft of their economic stimulus packages titled The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The bills both contain $3.5 billion for NIH. The Senate version designates more money directly to research than the House version. Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees are set to meet today to amend the bill before the full House is expected to vote on its version.
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) plans to offer an amendment in Full Committee that would add $6.5B to the amount in the bill for NIH. This would bring the total to $10B for NIH.
The Senate Version includes the following amounts to the NIH and research:
The House version includes the following amounts to the NIH and to research:
The House and the Senate both have designated $1.1B for comparative effectiveness research. Of that amount;
The funds, according to the Senate language is intended to "support research that evaluates and compares the clinical effectiveness, risk and benefits of two or more medical treatments and services."
We will keep you posted on the progress of this legislation.