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Congress votes to lift Chimp Haven spending cap

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Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill that would lift a $30 million federal spending limit for the national federal research chimpanzee sanctuary in northwest Louisiana.

It happened when the Senate accepted House amendments to a health bill on Thursday. One amendment would let the U.S. health secretary override the cap if that would cut money spent to house all chimpanzees owned by the National Institutes of Health.

Chimp Haven president and CEO Cathy Willis Spraetz (SPRATZ) says it's a great day for federally owned chimpanzees.

NIH has been paying 75 percent of the cost to keep chimps retired from federal research at the sanctuary in Keithville.

NIH is ending most medical research on chimpanzees. That could mean more at Chimp Haven, which expects to hit the cap this month.

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