Science policy news weekly roundup: July 15, 2016 ?>

Science policy news weekly roundup: July 15, 2016


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The House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill.  The legislation includes a $1.25 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health though additions that defund sections in the Affordable Care Act, and Title X family planning programs may stall the bill as it moves forward.

Appropriations update – House making progress

House panel advances HHS Spending Bill  (Morning Consult)


Congress moves into recess until September with no funding to combat the Zika virus.  The debate continues as lawmakers stick to political lines and bill riders prevent movement across the aisle. 

Zika arrives, Congress shrugs (The Washington Post)

Senate rejects Zika package again, no signs of a deal (Roll Call)

GOP calls out White House for millions of unspent Zika dollars (The Hill)


The 21st Century Cures Act legislation loses traction in the Senate with little likelihood that it will move forward in September when Congress returns.

Senate delays Cures bill, as window for Major Legislation Narrows (Stat)

Congress shouldn’t pass the 21st Century Cures Act in a summer rush (Health Affairs)

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