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At any rate, Magnusson was fussing about this, and so the HEW
bill again has not been passed. It may be vetoed, because they've gone
390 million over what Nixon asked. Out of a total of 19 billion, you
wouldn't think this would make any difference, but Nixon can either
veto it or withhold the money, and he probably will eventually do both.
He's been withholding the money from the Institutes.
You mean, accept the authorization and --
-- yes, he can accept the authorization and withhold the money.
But I don't know what he's going to do.
At any rate, we did find that we had friends in the House, not
on the committee, that were willing to continue. They say this next year
they will fight again to get more money for medical research.
In this instance, I take it that in conference committee you and
the friends of medical research really lost out.
Oh, we always lose in the conference. Almost invariably the
House and the Senate divide their differences evenly. Sometimes you
can persuade them to do a little better. I hope that because heart
disease is the main cause of death, they would really keep the money in.
As a digression, I've read recently comments on the conference
committee as it's now constituted, and it seems to be an impediment to
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