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H1N1 flu fight gets $1.5 billion in Senate supplemental funding bill

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Senate approves $1.5 billion to combat the H1N1 flu virus as part of an FY 2009 war supplemental appropriations bill, S. 1054, including funds for H1N1 influenza diagnostics and personal protective equipment ("1The Gray Sheet" May 4, 2009, p. 3). The Senate voted 86 to 3 to pass the bill May 21. A similar supplemental appropriations bill in the House (H.R. 2346), which passed May 14 in a 368 to 60 vote, allows $1.85 billion to prepare and respond to a possible pandemic of H1N1 flu. House and Senate conferees will have to resolve differences when they return to Washington June 1
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