On June 26, 2008, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the fiscal year 2009 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill. Among other things, the bill would: increase National Institutes of Health spending by $1.025 billion; increase Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding by $76 billion; increase funding for health centers, autism programs, and nursing education programs; provide more than $38 million for colorectal cancer prevention efforts; and allocate $507 million to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. The bill also includes $198 million for Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control activities. More information is available here.