Science policy news weekly roundup: June 10, 2016

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The U.S. Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee approved a funding bill that would increase funding for the National Institute of Health by $2 billion, putting the agency’s budget at $34 billion.

Senate moves to increase NIH budget (PolicyBlotter)

NIH funding: It’s personal (The Atlantic)

Senate passes $34B NIH budget to advance precision medicine (Health IT Analytic)

The Zika funding debate came to a head this week with the U.S. Senate voting to put together a conference committee to reconcile the Senate’s $1.1 billion proposal and the House’s $622 million proposal.  Negotiations were slated to begin immediately.

Zika conference committee to begin work ‘right away’ (Morning Consult)

Senate Democrats seek updates on Zika response from State, Defense departments (Morning Consult)

The world is alarmed by the Zika outbreak. No one is paying to deal with It. (Stat)

Billions needed to combat Zika virus, possible vaccine by September (Yahoo News)

Tester, Daines, Zinke split on Zika funding  (Billings Gazette)

House republicans have acted on Zika (The Washington Post)
The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriation subcommittee approved a bill that funds the Labor Department for fiscal 2017.  The Labor Department announced earlier this year a new threshold for overtime pay of $47,476 per year.  The current funding bill does not contain provisions to block the new overtime rule, though lawmakers plan to block the overtime measure through other means.

Two Senate committee chairmen move to block new federal overtime rule (USA Today)

Senate spending bill won’t include rider to block overtime rule (Morning Consult)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Chinese officials in Beijing this week for the eighth round of talks about strategic collaborations. The dialogue included how to bolster partnerships in the biomedical research fields.

U.S.–China Strategic & Economic Dialogue Outcomes of the Strategic Track (State Department)

Congress passed an update to the Toxic Substances Control Act on Tuesday that contained a provision that would greatly reduce the amount of animal testing in research.  Proponents of the provision argue that moving away from animal testing could improve research outcomes because animal model research results frequently aren’t applicable to humans.

Congress moves to limit chemical testing on animals  (Washington Post)

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