WASHINGTON--In a surprise move, the House Labor, HHS and Education
Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee voted to increase
NIH funding by about $642 million for FY 1996. NCI's 1996 budget
of $2.25 billion represents a $31 million increase over the current
To support these increases, the subcommittee recommended cuts
in other health, labor and education programs.
The Appropriations Committee believes that NIH should allocate
funds on the basis of scientific opportunity; thus there are no
earmarks by disease or research mechanism, and no separate funding
for the Office of AIDS Research. No further funds are provided
to support the NCI study of tobacco industry campaign contributions
to state legislators.