Chronicle: Compromise Budget Bill Would Increase Pell Grant and Funds for NIH and NSF

Reported today in the online Chronicle of Higher Education:

Legislators in Congress have agreed on a compromise spending bill for the 2010 fiscal year that would increase appropriations for Pell Grants, minority-serving institutions, and programs for disadvantaged and first-generation college students.

. . . The National Institutes of Health would get $31-billion under the bill, $250-million more than President Obama’s request and $692-million more than last year’s budget, according to a news release from the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill also includes $6.9-billion for the National Science Foundation, a $436-million increase over its 2009 budget and slightly less than the $7.04-billion Mr. Obama had requested. The bill also continues the prohibition of using federal funds for research that creates or destroys human embryos.

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