Science Policy Roundup: November 15, 2013 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: November 15, 2013

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Nondefense Discretionary United is “a coalition of leaders joining forces in an effort to save public services (known in Congress as nondefense discretionary programs) from devastating budget cuts.” NDD United released a report detailing the stories of individuals across the country suffering from Washington budget cuts, including a chapter on the effects on scientific research.

“Sequestration Victims Have 2 Big Demands” – Huffington Post Politics

“Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure” – NDD United

“When Washington slashes budgets, real people suffer” – Policy Blotter

“Washington budget cuts squeeze scientific 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. 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 took place this week.

“From COMPETES to FIRST: What you need to know about the NSF reauthorization legislation” – Policy Blotter

“House Hearing Skates Over Big Disagreements on NSF Reauthorization” – ScienceInsider

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

“One Month from Deadline, Congressional Budget Talks in Limbo” – Time Swampland

“Few signs of progress from budget negotiators seeking to avoid another shutdown” – Washington Post

“Scant progress on budget negotiating panel” – Politico

“Budget conference committee meeting 2: Any progress?” – Policy Blotter

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