White House and Republicans Get Close to Budget Pact

Congressional Republicans and the White House last week reached a tentative agreement on budget increases for Pell Grants and the National Institutes of Health, and on an extra $600-million in federal payments to teaching hospitals.

On the budget bill, the two sides were held up by differences in how to pay for it. Without factoring in possible cuts, aides said the tentative plan was to provide close to $18-billion to the N.I.H., which now receives $15.6-billion. They did not expect