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The Blotter Q&A: continuing resolutions

President Obama signed the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.J. Res. 124) on Sep. 19. This legislation will fund the government, including the National Institutes of Health, at fiscal 2014 levels through Dec. 11. It also addresses other federal priorities and includes $88 million in additional funding to combat the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The Ebola funding…

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Science policy news weekly roundup: October 3, 2014

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to esiebrasse@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup. Federal science funding Agency leading Ebola response has had budget cut nearly $600 million since 2010…

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The White House updates U.S. antibiotic resistance policies

Photo credit:  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention On Sept. 18, the White House announced a comprehensive strategy to combat antibiotic resistance and released several related policy documents. These included a presidential executive order, a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and a National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.…

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Science policy news weekly roundup: September 26, 2014

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to esiebrasse@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup. Federal science funding Plan for U.S. biomedical policy reforms not yet ready for prime time (ScienceNOW)…

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Medical R&D outlook is dim

The Hill’s Congress Blog published an article written by Ben and Erica this afternoon. The article is in response to a piece in The Hill on September 17th about “brighter days ahead for patient advocates.” You can find ASBMB’s response here. Please continue the discussion in the comments section below.   Photo credit:  abcnews.go.com

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An Introduction

Dear ASBMB Policy Blotter readers, I am Erica Siebrasse, the new ASBMB science policy fellow, and I will be writing a substantial number of the articles you will be reading over the next year. I finished my Ph.D. in molecular microbiology in the lab of David Wang at Washington University in St. Louis in June.…

Be an advocate for research!

The ASBMB will head to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, September 9, to advocate for $32 billion for the NIH. And you can help! Call, email and tweet your representatives on Tuesday and explain how important research funding is to your community! Tweet using #NIH32 and find information specific to your state here. You can find…

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ASBMB summer advocacy activities

Congress’ appropriations season is rapidly coming to an end, leaving science funding for the next fiscal year up in the air. Few if any spending bills will be considered before Congress leaves on a long summer recess. This leaves two weeks in September to iron out all of the federal spending bills before fiscal 2015…