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Science Policy Analyst Andre Porter attended the National Science Board summer meeting this week. Read his summary of the meeting below:
My previous entry regarding the National Institute of Health’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative was updated to include the names of scientists assigned to the working group.
In an interview, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Congress will pass a clean debt-ceiling increase and prevent the United States from defaulting on its loans. However, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have suggested passing a bill to reduce the debt alongside the ceiling hike. President Donald Trump criticized congressional Republicans for failing to tie the debt ceiling passage with a veterans affairs bill. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has advocated for a clean debt-ceiling hike, free of provisions that link the debt-ceiling vote to outside provisions.
Trump roils debt ceiling debate (The Hill)
Trump’s recent remarks have complicated an already complex series of negotiations that Congress must navigate to prevent another government shutdown. The House is poised to take up eight appropriations bills soon after the August recess, but the Senate has signaled that a budget will not come together before the Sept. 30 close of the fiscal year, suggesting a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government may be needed. At a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, Trump said he would veto any budget that does not provide funding for a border wall. Democrats have maintained that they will not vote for any budget with funding for a wall.
U.S. State Department science envoy Daniel Kammen resigned from his post this week, citing Trump’s response to the recent violent events in Charlottesville, N.C. Kammen also referred to the president’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord and other actions to undermine climate and energy research as having influenced his decision to resign.
State Department science envoy explains why Trump drove him to resign (Scientific American)
According to the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) altered titles on their webpage containing the phrase “climate change” to instead say “climate.” Although the change occurred within the titles and subheadings of articles on the website, the phrase “climate change” was intact in the body text of many pages. NIEHS officials said that changes were not due to political pressure from the Trump administration, but rather a shift in strategy of presenting existing information.
Climate change language deleted from NIH site (The Scientist)