A bill setting fiscal 2006 discretionary spending for HHS awaits a vote by the full Senate after passing the Appropriations Committee. The $145.7 billion bill also includes discretionary funding for the Labor and Education departments. The Senate likely won't act on the legislation until after its August recess, according to a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). The bill includes $454 million in funding for health professions programs, which was cut under President Bush's budget, and $95.2 million for health information technology, a $21 million increase over fiscal 2005. The House passed a spending bill with $142.5 billion in discretionary funding for the three agencies last month. -- by Tony Fong
HHS 2006 spending bill advances to full Senate
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