On February 25, 2009, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1105, an omnibus spending bill to complete work on the remaining FY 2009 appropriations bills, including funding for HHS. Among other things, the bill includes increased funding compared to FY 2008 levels for the NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, community health centers, health professions training, childhood immunizations, and rural hospital programs. The bill also funds a new initiative to reduce hospital and clinic infections and requires national and state plans to combat infections. The bill now is pending before the Senate.