Episode 3 of ‘Pipettes and Politics’ is available
The ASBMB public affairs staff released its third episode of its science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics.” The episode covers recent hearings about implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, updates on the GOP tax bill, and the complex negotiations of the FY18 federal budget. The episode ends with the staff discussing their favorite science stories of 2017. Read more here, and listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud..
‘Graduate student tax’ is not included in final GOP tax bill language
The GOP-led compromise tax bill will not include language from the U.S. House bill that would have instituted a tax on graduate student tuition waivers. The omission is seen largely as a win for science advocates. More than 1,000 ASBMB members sent 3,000 letters to more than 350 members of Congress urging removal of the language. Read more here.
Updates from the fall NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences advisory committee meeting
Science Policy Analyst André Porter writes about the recent National Science Foundation Mathematical and Physical Sciences advisory committee meeting, which covered efforts to develop and maintain external partnerships, planned belt-tightening in response to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts, and other updates from the directorate. Read more here.
Another deadline to fund the government nears
Congress may pass another continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown before the Christmas holiday. The GOP majority has been focused on negotiations for the tax bill, further delaying a possibility of passing a fiscal 2018 budget before the new year. Democrats insist on increasing nondefense spending at pace with increases in defense spending pushed by Republicans. Read more here.