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In response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the ASBMB released a statement urging congressional action to codify DACA into law.
Science Policy Analyst André Porter reports on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ advisory council meeting this week. Porter presented a statement by the ASBMB inquiring about the Next Generation Researchers Initiative during the public comments period.
Republican senators are gathering the votes needed to pass their latest Obamacare Repeal effort. If the Cassidy–Graham bill becomes law, states will have a much larger say in their own healthcare policies, receiving block grants from the federal government and allowing state legislatures to decide on policy specifics. Many healthcare organizations have come out against the bill, including the American Medical Association and the Federation of American Hospitals. Insurance groups, patient groups and others have also warned against harmful ramifications to patients if the bill passes. So far, Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky. and John McCain, R-Ariz., have come out against the bill, likely sinking its prospects. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine have not publicly announced their positions on the bill. Doctors: No (The Atlantic)
What’s in the Cassidy–Graham health care bill? (Washington Post)
Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has suggested universities in his state cut programs, such as interpretive dance, that do not produce jobs. He said such cuts could help alleviate a $200 million budget shortfall. Many arts and education advocates released statements disparaging this suggestion.
Disparaging interpretive dance (and more)? (Inside Higher Ed)
After a 90-day policy review of the Trump administration’s immigration ban, the White House is set to release new immigration policies targeting individual countries this weekend. The Department of Homeland Security declined to discuss specifics, such as which countries would be affected. The original ban affected travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Trump’s travel ban to be replaced by restrictions tailored to certain countries (The New York Times)