Science policy weekly news update: October 6, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 6, 2017


News from the Hill in ASBMB Today

ASBMB Public Affairs Director Ben Corb discusses President Donald Trump’s “science problem.” Read more here.

ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee member Rick Page describes meetings with the NIH and NSF,  advocating on behalf of ASBMB. Read more here.


What’s new in Blotter news?

I wrote an article detailing the local congressional meetings by our grassroots advocacy network members. Read more here.


Don Wright, former director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, has been tapped as the current acting secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services after Tom Price’s resignation. The list of possible replacements includes Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Bobby Jindal, former governor of Louisiana; and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate health committee.

Trump’s next move on health care? Choice for secretary may offer clue (New York Times)

The resignation of Tom Price (The Atlantic)

Who is Don Wright? (CNN)


Several recipients of this year’s Nobel Prizes stressed the importance of funding basic science after their wins. Rainer Weiss, who won the physics prize for discovering gravitational waves, said that federal commitment to long-term funding for basic science research has been wavering. Michael Roshbash, who won the medicine or physiology prize for his research on the body’s biological clocks, said he was unsure whether his foundational experiments be funded in today’s funding climate.

Nobel Prize winners worry about the state of science funding (Boston Globe)

The real message of the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine (The New Yorker)


The U.S. House of Representatives voted 219-206 to narrowly pass a $4.1 trillion budget for FY18, which includes $622 billion in defense spending and $511 billion in nonentitlement discretionary spending. The U.S. Senate is poised to vote on its budget in two weeks. Passing this FY18 budget resolution would allow Congress to use reconciliation, a legislative process that would let the GOP-controlled Congress pass tax reform by simple majority.

House passes $4.1 trillion budget, the first concrete step toward tax reform (CNBC)


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