Senate committee may vote today on bill to increase HHS funding

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A Senate Appropriations subcommittee could vote today to approve nearly $74 billion in discretionary funding for  Department of Health and Human Services programs in fiscal year 2010.

The House approved the budget bill (H.R. 3293) on Friday. The massive $730.5 billion bill, which includes funding for health, labor and education programs, includes roughly $567 billion for entitlement programs. These chiefly are Medicare and Medicaid, which fund the majority of nursing home care. Nursing programs would increase by $92 million over last year's budget.

The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill earlier this month. The House on Friday passed it by a vote of 264-153.
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