ASBMB responds to President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget
The Trump administration’s FY19 budget originally called for deep cuts for the NIH and the NSF. However, in response to the congressional budget deal that will infuse billions of dollars to the federal budget, the Office of Management and Budget walked back the cuts and instead proposed flat funding levels for those agencies. The administration’s original intent to reduce the NIH and NSF budgets demonstrate that the research enterprise is not a priority for it. The ASBMB released a statement criticizing the lack of additional funds for science agencies and urging the White House to invest in science research. Read more here.
Congress reaches bipartisan budget deal after brief government shutdown
Congress passed its bipartisan budget deal this month, 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 NIH budget by $2 billion over the next two years. Read more here.
More than 200 approved drugs developed using NIH funding
A recent study showed that the NIH funneled more than $100 billion to research that, directly or indirectly, contributed to the development of 210 drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration between 2010 and 2016. The study also found that a vast majority of the funding was for basic science research, demonstrating the vital role of the NIH in drug development. Read more here.
ASBMB staff attends the February NINDS advisory council meeting
ASBMB science policy analysist André Porter reports on the discussions at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke advisory council meeting on Feb. 8. Director Walter Koroshetz provided institute updates and discussed preparations for an extended conversation on the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative. The ASBMB also provided written comments during the council meeting. Read more here.