On Pell Grant and NIH Spending, Congress Gives, and Then Takes Away

Congressional Republican leaders last week deleted significant spending increases for Pell Grants and the National Institutes of Health that had been inserted into a preliminary $1.8-trillion budget blueprint for the 2001 fiscal year.

The House of Representatives approved the plan last week, and the Senate was poised to follow suit -- setting the stage for Congressional appropriators to start drafting the next federal budget.

Early this month, by a vote of 51 to 49, the Senate