Science policy news: weekly roundup: July 31, 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 smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup.

The Senate’s ‘Cures’ Bill Is Coming…Next Year (Morning Consult) Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, explains that the U.S. Senate intends to incorporate ideas put forth in 21st Century Cures from the U.S. House into their own medical cures legislation and deliver their own version in early 2016.

Budget showdown leaves US science agencies in limbo (Nature) As the U.S. Congress approaches recess, science agencies eagerly await delivery of a fiscal 2016 budget upon their return in early fall.

Hate COMPETES? With new bill, Rep. Smith doubles down on pending NSF legislation (Science Insider) Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, reintroduced a bill this week which would require National Science Foundation to justify how every award is “in the national interest” undermining the scientific review process.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., invited former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to testify at a forum Monday to discuss importance of funding for the National Institutes of Health.

Sen. Warren enlists Newt Gingrich in her battle for NIH funding (The Herald News)

Fund the healers: Newt Gingrich and Elizabeth Warren team up for a worthy cause — boosting NIH spending (Daily News)

Here’s A Colossally Bad Idea From Congress About How To Fund Science (Forbes) An amendment introduced to the 21st Century Cures Act would offer prizes to incentivize delivery of breakthroughs in biomedical research but many scientists feel the funds directed to those prizes would be better used through other funding mechanisms.

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