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various others. Although I had gone to see Senator Bridges
and had gotten him to agree that he would support Senator Hill in the Appropriations
Committee, with some difficulty Senator Hill had gotten the sum of 835 million dollars
passed by the Senate for the NIH appropriations. The House figure was much less.
It took until late in August of '61, after many conferences with the House, for the
conferees to agree to 738 million, in other words almost 100 million dollars less than the
Senate had voted. Congressman Leonard objected to the earmarking of specific programs,
which hurt the Senate report very much. The lack of specific earmarked programs, such as
specific funds for research center grants and others, weakened the amount of action that
the National Institutes of Health could be forced to take about deficit areas in
They made it all an lump sum then?
Yes, and the lump sum could be spent in any way that the directors of the Institutes felt
like. Well, actually, the citizens had testified for substantial sums to establish
research centers in cancer and in heart and in mental illness, in neurological diseases,
and in blindness and in arthritis. These were earmarked in the Senate report.
Now, actually the Senate report has some moral value in spite of everything, and
directional value, but Dr. Shannon, for some reason or other, possibly because he didn't
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