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Funding for National Cancer Institute included in House spending bill

Two National Institutes of Health related amendments were included in the final FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, according to the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research. 
On Sept. 14, the House of Representatives advanced a fiscal year (FY) 2018 “octobus” spending package by a vote of 211-198, according to the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research.

Of the 224 amendments ruled in order by House Rules Committee, two NIH related amendments were included in the final measure. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.) offered an amendment, which was adopted by voice vote en bloc, aimed at increasing National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding by $1 million to execute a study on how to improve doctor-patient communication.

Additionally, the House approved by voice vote an amendment offered by Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) to increase NCI funding by $3.819 million offset with a reduction to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary account, according to the Ad Hoc Group

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