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Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2005

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DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2005 -- (House of Representatives - September 09, 2004)

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to House Resolution 754 and rule XVIII, the Chair declares the House in the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union for the further consideration of the bill, H.R. 5006.

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Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Chairman, first of all, I would like to thank the gentleman from Ohio (Chairman REGULA) for yielding me time.

Mr. Chairman, I would also like to say very rarely, if ever, have I ever disagreed with my friend from Texas (Mr. Neugebauer) before, but I do oppose this amendment today.

The intent of this amendment is to ensure that the National Institutes of Health is prudent about which grants are funded through their peer-review process. While I agree with this intent, I do not think the amendment accomplishes that goal.

For instance, the University of Texas grant currently under discussion has already been funded and completed in previous fiscal years. Furthermore, any discussions about follow-up funding do not pertain to the Labor-HHS appropriations bill currently under consideration.

This project has received funding for a second study, but it was awarded by the National Science Foundation in the VA-HUD appropriations bill, which has not yet been brought to the House floor for consideration.

Mr. Chairman, I encourage my colleagues to vote against this amendment and instead focus our efforts on reforming the National Institutes of Health grant selection process.

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