The ASBMB issues a statement on the passage of budget deal
After Congress passed a two-year budget deal that would raise caps on nondefense discretionary spending by $130 billion, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb issued a statement praising the bill. Read more here.
Congress reaches bipartisan budget deal after brief government shutdown
Congress passed its bipartisan budget deal early Friday morning, preventing a government shutdown from taking full effect. The two-year omnibus spending package authorizes a nearly $300 billion increase to the budget, while also funding the government until March 23. Congressional appropriators will use that time to craft the spending bill. The deal includes a commitment to increase the National Institutes of Health budget by $2 billion over the next two years. Read more here.
Episode 5 of Pipettes and Politics is available
The latest episode of the ASBMB’s science policy podcast is now available. The policy team discusses the budget deal and its possible effects on the scientific enterprise, along with sexual harassment and workforce policy updates from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. John Arnst, science writer for ASBMB’s monthly news magazine, joins the podcast to talk about his February feature story on how basic scientists can get involved in investigating and mitigating health disparities. Listen to the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.
ASBMB Hill Day applications open
The ASBMB is now accepting applications for its annual Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day, which will be held April 11-13. The ASBMB will bring trainees from across the country to meet with their representatives in Washington, D.C. The deadline to apply is Feb. 26. Read more here.