On 23 October 2007, the U.S. Senate approved its largest domestic spending bill of the year, FY 2008 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies. As passed, the bill would provide $606 billion in FY 2008 with discretionary spending totaling $149.9 billion – a $5.4 billion increase from FY 2007 and $1.9 billion less than the House version (H.R. 3043).
Included within this appropriations legislation is FY 2008 funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As set forth by the Senate, NIH would receive just under $29.9 billion in FY 2008. This level represents a roughly $1 billion increase, although $200 million of this increase would be transferred to the Global AIDS Fund. Included in the bill is a provision that directs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to require all investigators funded by NIH to submit an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscript, to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.
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