Science policy news weekly roundup: January 23, 2015

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Congress & President Obama

Science gets its moment in 2015 State of the Union (ScienceNOW) President Obama mentioned science and biomedical research several times in his State of the Union address, including the announcement of the new Precision Medicine Initiative.

What we’re watching in 2015: federal research funding (Policy Blotter) In the second of a four-part series, the Policy Blotter examines funding prospects for fiscal 2016. The budget process will begin with the release of President Obama’s budget on Feb. 2.

U.S. Rep. Upton urges President Obama to support the 21st Century Cures Initiative (news release) Following Tuesday’s State of the Union address, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., called on President Obama to support the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Initiative taking shape in the House.

Congress

U.S. Sen. Blunt to serve as chairman of an appropriations subcommittee (news release) U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., has been named the chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, which funds the NIH.

Senator proposes novel approach to fund medical research (Huffington Post) U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., previewed a new bill, the Medical Innovation Act, that would fund biomedical research in a novel way. The bill proposes to collect a percentage of revenue from large pharmaceutical companies that break U.S. laws as a penalty.

Senator pushes the National Institutes of Health to increase funding to Connecticut (Hartford Courant) U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., sent a letter to NIH director Francis Collins urging him to increase research funding to Connecticut. A recent report shows funding to the state has declined more steeply than funding to other states.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe co-sponsors amendment that says climate change is real (news release) U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, co-sponsored Amendment 29 to legislation S.1, which states climate change is real. However, the amendment does not place the blame on humans.

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