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WASHINGTON — It seemed like the debate over President Biden’s new high-stakes science agency, ARPA-H, was over.

Congress set aside $1 billion in funding. Cities began to lobby to host the new research office’s headquarters. And health secretary Xavier Becerra settled the lone point of controversy: The new agency, he declared in March, will exist not independently, but as a branch of the National Institutes of Health.


But Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) isn’t giving up just yet. On Wednesday, she celebrated the House passage of a bill she authored that formally authorizes the new science office, known as ARPA-H, but also places Eshoo and her colleagues on a collision course with the White House.

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