Episode 10 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available
In the latest episode of ASBMB science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics,” public affairs staff members discuss the appropriations process for fiscal year 2019, how the National Academies of Science and the National Institutes of Health are proposing to reduce sexual harassment in science, and NIH recommendations to assist the next generation of researchers. Listen here.
Science agencies poised for budget boost for FY19
The U.S. House appropriations committees have given the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy Office of Science additional money for fiscal year 2019. The U.S. Senate has followed suit, providing a budget increase for the NSF in its FY19 proposal. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-N.C., said the NIH will receive even more money for FY19 than the House has proposed. Read more here.
White House releases plan to reorganize federal agencies
The White House released a proposal Thursday to streamline the federal government. The NIH would absorb the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, all graduate fellowship programs would be run by the NSF, and the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy would be moved to a new Office of Energy Innovation. The proposal is consistent with the White House’s previous statements, budget proposals and executive orders to reorganize federal agencies. Read more here.
Senate rejects White House spending-cuts package
The White House-backed proposal to cut $15 billion in funding for federal government programs was rejected in a Senate procedural vote. U.S. Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, joined Democratic senators to prevent the proposal from moving forward. Read more here.