Science policy weekly news update: September 29, 2017

 

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Policy analyst André Porter discusses President Donald Trump’s memorandum directing $200 million a year to the Department of Education for STEM and computer science instruction. This memo stands in contrast with the administration’s earlier proposal to cut $9.2 billion from the Department of Education budget.

President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments

 

Senate Republicans this week failed once again to gather 50 votes to approve of the upper chamber’s latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The Graham ̶ Cassidy bill was the last-ditch effort that would hand almost complete control of health insurance to the states. This failure has turned the spotlight back on several bipartisan efforts to stabilize Obamacare, ensuring that the payments to insurers would be made, and that pre-existing conditions would be covered. Talks between Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., that were once scuttled have resumed.

The Republican fight to repeal Obamacare Is ‘dead as a doornail.’ For now (Time)

Alexander, Murray inching toward deal to stabilize Obamacare (Politico)

 

The ASBMB has opened applications for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The award money can be used to cover basic needs. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face a daunting effort to rebuild. Many cities and towns in Puerto Rico are still contending with crippling power outages, food and water shortages, and a fuel shortage that has hampered relief efforts to smaller villages.

Puerto Rico supply failure stops food and water reaching desperate residents (The Guardian)

 

U.S. Representatives Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., and Scott Peters, D-Calif., published an opinion piece in support of restoring investments in the National Institutes of Health. The bipartisan letter details the importance of funding the NIH and basic science research, citing the economic impact of science investments and recent biomedical breakthroughs.

We must work across party lines to restore investment in NIH

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