Congress passes stopgap funding to prevent partial government shutdown
The U.S. Congress passed a two-week stopgap funding bill on Thursday to prevent a partial government shutdown. The deadline to pass seven funding bills to fund several federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, is today. Negotiations have faltered due to disagreements on funding the U.S.–Mexico border wall. Read more here.
HHS denies that it canceled research project involving human fetal tissue
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is denying that it canceled a multimillion dollar contract with the University of California, San Francisco, funding human fetal tissue research to test HIV drugs. While HHS has been reviewing its funded projects that use human fetal tissue, the agency insists that it has not taken any action on current projects. Read more here.
White House releases STEM education strategic plan
The Trump administration released a five-year strategic plan for STEM education that focuses on workforce training and developing a robust technical workforce, which are in line with the administration’s focus on job creation. The plan fails to mention whether the White House will again attempt to defund STEM education programs as does its 2020 budget request. Read more here.