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 budget.
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.