Science Policy Roundup: November 8, 2013

The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! Starting now, the Science Policy Roundup will feature the week’s science policy news.

The National Institutes of Health was highlighted in speeches by U.S. Senators Bob Casey, D-Penn., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Both called for an increase in the NIH budget.

  • “US Sen. Warren: Boost spending on medical research” – Boston Herald
  • “Upsurge of Senate support for biomedical research” – Policy Blotter

The America COMPETES Act is up for reauthorization. This bill was enacted in 2007 and reauthorized in 2010 to guide investments in research and development to promote innovation to keep the U.S. as a leader in the competitive world market.

  • “U.S. Senate Hearing on COMPETES Act Starts a Long, Tough Road to Reauthorization” – ScienceInsider
  • The U.S. House COMPETES bill has been separated into two bills, the EINSTEIN America Act, which deals with the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the FIRST Act, which deals with several other science funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation. The House hearing on the FIRST Act is scheduled for next week. Check back to the Policy Blotter for more information.

Immigration reform with regard to scientific research typically means expanding the pool of visas available to foreign scientists to study and work in the United States.

  • “U.S. Policy Should Encourage Highly Skilled, Foreign Ph.D. Students to Stay, Experts Urge” – ScienceDaily

The budget conference committee met for the first time to discuss resolving the budget for fiscal 2014 and ending sequestration.

  • “Debt looms over conference committee and over future taxpayers” – NBCPolitics
  • “Budget Negotioans Give Scientists Hit By Sequester Reason To Hope” – The Huffington Post

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