OA mandate at NIH passes the Senate
Tonight the Senate passed the Labor-HHS appropriations bill containing the provision to mandate OA at the NIH. More, the vote was a veto-proof 75-19.
- It appears that neither of the harmful Inhofe amendments was part of the final bill, but I'm still trying to find out.
- Yes, this is big, even if we cleared this hurdle only to face a Bush veto.
- When the same language was adopted by the House (July 19, 2007), it only received 276 votes, when it needed 290 to be veto-proof. Hence, Congress might or might not be able to override a Bush veto, something both sides know very well. However, as we go into post-veto strategies, we're much better off with this language having passed both houses than having passed only one. More later.