How the U.S. Senate and House tax bills compare
Science Policy Analyst André Porter compares the effects of the GOP tax bills on scientists and the research community. While both bills are from the Republican Party, the House and Senate bills widely differ in how they would affect science research. Read more here.
Graduate students protest against GOP House tax bill
Graduate students from 40 universities joined a nationwide walkout in protest of the GOP House tax bill, which includes a provision to tax tuition waivers of graduate students. However, the Senate version of the bill does not include this provision, which would dramatically increase the tax liability of many students. Read more here.
Alex Azar, HHS secretary nominee, testifies at Senate confirmation hearing
Alex Azar, former U.S. deputy secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush, promised to lower drug prices at his confirmation hearing in the Senate. Replacing former HHS leader Tom Price, Azar would have jurisdiction over several key science and health agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more here.
GOP senators looking for consensus on tax bill
Analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation stated that the Senate tax bill would cost about $1 trillion over 10 years. GOP senators are amending the bill to reduce the deficit to appease deficit hawks, further delaying the floor vote. Read more here.