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Senate Subcommittee Approves FY2009 Defense Spending Bill; Bill Includes Funding for Women’s Cancer Research

On September 10, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense approved, by voice vote, the FY2009 Department of Defense spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered). The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense approved its version on July 30 (see The Source, 8/1/08).

According to the subcommittee summary, the bill would allocate $487.7 billion in FY2009, $28.4 billion over FY2008 and $4 billion below the president’s request.

The bill would provide $150 million for peer-reviewed breast cancer research, $10 million for ovarian cancer research, $40 million for a peer-reviewed psychological health and traumatic brain injury program, and $25 billion for the Defense Health program. The bill also would provide $114.9 billion for military personnel.

Additional information will be available when the committee report accompanying the bill is printed.

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