Science policy news weekly roundup: January 30, 2015

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.

Congress

Senator has big pharma in her crosshairs (Forbes) U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced a bill that would create a penalty for pharmaceutical companies that break U.S. laws. Money generated from the penalties would go toward the National Institutes of Health.

Representatives introduce bipartisan legislation to allow increased NIH funding (news release) U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., introduced a bill that would allow Congress to restore the purchasing power of the NIH’s funding to what it would have been if it had kept up with inflation since 2003.

House panel releases much-anticipated plan for revamping biomedical innovation (ScienceNOW) The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce released the 21st Century Cures draft bill earlier this week. Find out more here.

New head of key House science panel likes limited government, unlimited exploration (ScienceNOW) Rep. John Culberson, R-TX, is the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science.

Precision Medicine Initiative –President Obama unveiled specific details about his new Precision Medicine Initiative today, which was introduced during last week’s State of the Union address.

Obama precision medicine plan would create huge U.S. genetic biobank (ScienceNOW)

Obama gives East Room rollout to Precision Medicine Initiative (Science Insider)

Antibiotic resistance – President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget will be released next week and includes over $1 billion to combat antibiotic resistance.

Extra funding sought to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria (Washington Post)

President’s 2016 budget proposes investment to combat antibiotic resistance (news release)

White House plans big 2016 budget ask to fight antibiotic resistance (ScienceNOW)

A bipartisan moment on superbugs? (DC Examiner)

American Cures Act – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., reintroduced his American Cures Act this week. The legislation would increase funding for several agencies, including the NIH, at a rate of GDP-indexed inflation plus 5 percent.

Senator introduces legislation to invest in breakthrough biomedical (news release)

Top Democrat calls for big boost in NIH funding (The Hill)

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