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The National Institutes of Health is prepared to get a $2 billion funding increase in the federal spending bill released last week. As STAT reports, Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole was a big advocate for that increase.

Six of Oklahoma's seven-member congressional delegation voted for a budget plan that passed both the House and Senate and heads to the president.

he measure passed the Senate on a 65-33 vote Friday after passing the House by a 316-113 margin earlier in the day. It combines $1.14 trillion in new spending and $680 billion in tax cuts over the coming decade.

The House of Representatives has no new leader in sight.

This time last week House Republicans were reeling from the announcement by frontrunner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) that he was suddenly dropping out of the race to succeed Speaker John Boehner, whose earlier decision was equally shocking. The Congressman many are pinning their hopes on now is Paul Ryan, who doesn't want to be Speaker.

There are others interested in the job. The question is can any of them bring together a group seemingly at war with itself.

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Happy no-shutdown day. This last day before the deadline, Congress managed to pass a measure that will keep the government open for the next two-and-a-half months. Fears of a shutdown subsided after House Speaker John Boehner said he'd be leaving at the end of next month. NPR's Ailsa Chang has been looking into what Boehner might be able to cram into the next four weeks before he's out the door.

AILSA CHANG, BYLINE: So there won't be a government shutdown tonight, but Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois tells Republicans this is no achievement.

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