FY18 omnibus will give boost to federal science agencies
The $1.3 trillion spending bill passed the U.S. House and Senate on Thursday to fund the government for FY18. The bill will give a $3 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health, a $330 million increase to the National Science Foundation, and a $868 million increase to the Department of Energy Office of Science. Read science policy analyst André Porter’s post for more information.
Trump signs spending bill after threatening to veto it
After passage of the FY18 omnibus by the House and Senate, Trump threatened to veto the bill in a tweet early Friday morning because, he said, it lacks a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and border wall funding. The president, however, failed to mention that it was his administration who ended the DACA program and forced Congress to provide a legislative fix. Trump ultimately signed the spending bill. Read more here.
Science advocate U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., dies at age 88
U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., a microbiologist and champion for research, died last week. Slaughter wrote the Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 that protects genetic information; established the Office of Research on Women’s Health; and advocated for breast cancer research funding. Read more here.