Trump to sign spending bill to fund government and avert another partial shutdown
President Donald Trump is expected to sign a funding bill today to avoid another partial government shutdown. Trump is also expected to declare a national emergency, which would allow him to divert funds from other sources to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Read more here.
Funding bill includes boosts for federal science agencies
The federal funding bill includes significant increases in funding for the Food and Drug Administration and the National Science Foundation. The legislation proposes more than $250 million in new funding for the FDA and more than $300 million in new funding for the NSF. Read more here.
ASBMB comments on Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee submitted comments regarding the Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX, a federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex at educational settings that receive federal funding. The PAAC raised concerns that the changes, including a narrowing of the definition of sexual harassment, will reduce reporting of sexual assault and harassment. Read more here.
The shutdown, a startup, stories and stamps
In this guest post, Daniel Wilson, an alumnus of the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program, writes about the efects of the 35-day partial federal shutdown on young scientists at his university and about the postcard-writing campaign he initiated to urge lawmakers to make a deal. Read more here.