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Science policy weekly roundup: August 2, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 2, 2019

Senate passes funding bill and sends it to Trump for his signature In a 67-28 vote, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan two-year funding deal that sets spending levels for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 and allows the U.S. Treasury to borrow additional money to pay its debts. The bill also abolishes spending caps, effectively ending the 10-year budget limits placed on the federal government in the 2011 Budget Control Act. The bill awaits the signature of President Donald Trump,…

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ASBMB applauds House passage of H.R. 36 to combat sexual harassment in science ?>

ASBMB applauds House passage of H.R. 36 to combat sexual harassment in science

The American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology applauds the passage of House Resolution 36, the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019. The bill, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 23, is good start to address the extensive problem of sexual and gender harassment in STEM. Standardizing the various policies addressing sexual harassment across federal science agencies is an important first step toward reducing harassment in the scientific workforce. H.R. 36 directs the National Science…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 26, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 26, 2019

Tell your Senators to support the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology urges you to spend one minute and send an email to your U.S. Senator to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. The bill includes a two-year agreement to lift the budget caps put in place since 2011 and allows the U.S. to raise its debt ceiling to pay off its debts. The bill, which passed the house on Thursday, also…

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ASBMB statement on The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (H.R. 3877) ?>

ASBMB statement on The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (H.R. 3877)

  ROCKVILLE, Md. – The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an organization representing more than 12,000 life scientists in the United States and abroad, is pleased to see a bipartisan agreement to raise spending caps for both defense and nondefense discretionary spending in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.  H.R. 3877, also known as The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, will raise nondefense discretionary spending by more than $24 billion in fiscal year 2020 and allow Congress to invest…

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National Science Foundation outlines its efforts to prevent research espionage ?>

National Science Foundation outlines its efforts to prevent research espionage

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova released a dear colleague letter on July 11 outlining the agency’s activities to stave off attempts from foreign countries to disrupt and steal taxpayer-funded research and intellectual property.  The letter reaffirms the integral role that international scientists, trainees and collaborative activities play in supporting the nation’s scientific enterprise.  It also clarifies that the agency’s new measures are a direct response to increased threats on U.S. research and development, stating that while the agency’s values…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 10, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 10, 2019

NSF garners bipartisan support for the agency’s FY2020 budget Members of the U.S. Congress on both sides of the aisle praised the National Science Foundation’s role in supporting the American economy, health, and national security during a congressional budget hearing on Tuesday. Both Democrats and Republicans signaled that the agency’s fiscal year 2020 proposed budget will be increased, despite President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the NSF budget by 12 percent. Read more here [link to our NSF budget blog,…

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At Department of Energy advisory council meeting, ASBMB comments on foreign influence and espionage ?>

At Department of Energy advisory council meeting, ASBMB comments on foreign influence and espionage

During the Department of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Council meeting on April 25, Steve Binkley, deputy director of the DOE Office of Science, discussed new DOE policies to decrease foreign influence and espionage related to the agency’s supported research and national labs. Since August, the U.S. Congress has pushed the DOE and other federal science agencies to issue new policies to reduce foreign espionage and rampant intellectual property theft by other countries. U.S. scientists are increasingly worried that…

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White House releases 2020 budget request ?>

White House releases 2020 budget request

This week, President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 2020 budget request. The proposal, titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First” outlines $4.75 trillion to fund the federal government for FY 2020 which begins on Oct. 1. The proposed budget is in-line with the 2011 Budget Control Act.  This law places requirements on Congress to address the nation’s debt limit and avoid default through budget sequestration. The request calls for over $2.7 trillion in spending cuts…

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Science policy weekly roundup: March 1, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 1, 2019

ASBMB responds to NIH’s update on efforts to combat sexual harassment in science Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released a statement in response to the National Institutes of Health’s update on their efforts to address sexual harassment in science. While the NIH has been slow to address harassment, the update provides some small steps that the agency plans to take to combat harassment in NIH-funded labs.  Read more here.   ASBMB…

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 15, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 15, 2019

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…

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