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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018

ASBMB responds to President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget The Trump administration’s FY19 budget originally called for deep cuts for the NIH and the NSF. However, in response to the congressional budget deal that will infuse billions of dollars to the federal budget, the Office of Management and Budget walked back the cuts and instead proposed flat funding levels for those agencies. The administration’s original intent to reduce the NIH and NSF budgets demonstrate that the research enterprise is not a…

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Trump administration releases its FY19 budget ?>

Trump administration releases its FY19 budget

Today, the Trump administration released the president’s budget request for fiscal 2019.  As could be expected, the administration proposed heavy cuts to agencies that support the research enterprise.   Under the president’s proposal, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation’s research and related activities accounts would have seen reductions to $24 billion and $4.2 billion, respectively. The president’s budget, however, was drafted prior to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018  being signed into law last week.  Consequently, his…

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018

The ASBMB issues a statement on the passage of budget deal After Congress passed a two-year budget deal that would raise caps on nondefense discretionary spending by $130 billion, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb issued a statement praising the bill. Read more here.   Congress reaches bipartisan budget deal after brief government shutdown Congress passed its bipartisan budget deal early Friday morning, preventing a government shutdown from taking full effect. The two-year omnibus spending package authorizes a nearly $300…

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ASBMB Statement on Passage of Budget Deal ?>

ASBMB Statement on Passage of Budget Deal

The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology applauds the actions taken by Congress today to avoid a government shutdown and to raise discretionary spending caps, paving the way for the completion of spending bills for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. The budget deal provides the parity that the ASBMB and other organizations have been calling for —ensuring that…

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ASBMB Statement on State of the Union Address ?>

ASBMB Statement on State of the Union Address

The following statement is from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: In his State of the Union address tonight, President Donald Trump outlined a vision for America that fails to capture the critical roles that science and those in the U.S. scientific enterprise play in improving the health and quality of life of Americans from coast to coast. While the president outlined an aggressive plan for investing in the nation’s infrastructure, the…

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Science policy roundup: January 26, 2018 ?>

Science policy roundup: January 26, 2018

Fourth episode of “Pipettes and Politics” is available The ASBMB public affairs staff has released its fourth episode of the science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics.” In this episode, we discuss the recent government shutdown and its effect on research; provide some agency policy updates; and highlight ASBMB’s upcoming public affairs events. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud. Where we’ve been: Attending the January NIGMS advisory council meeting ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter summarizes the advisory council meeting for…

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ASBMB statement on government shutdown ?>

ASBMB statement on government shutdown

  Update 1/22/2018: The Senate has passed a continuing resolution bill to reopen the federal government with a vote of 81-18 which is set to expire on Feb. 8.  The House of Representatives is expected to pass the measure later today.   The following statement is from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology calls on Congress and President Donald Trump to end the partisan battles…

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Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017

Elimination of tuition waiver in GOP tax plan would adversely affect graduate students U.S. House GOP leaders released the legislative text of their tax plan this week. The proposal allows tuition that is usually waived by the university to be taxable, drastically increasing the tax liability of many graduate students. The ASBMB has released a statement opposing the proposed legislation as written. The Senate recently published an outline of its tax bill, which contains key differences to the House bill….

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ASBMB Statement on Passage of 21st Century Cures ?>

ASBMB Statement on Passage of 21st Century Cures

ASBMB Statement on 21st Century Cures Statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: “The ASBMB applauds Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Diana DeGette, Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray for their bipartisan cooperation in drafting, managing and now passing the 21st Century Cures Act.  And we applaud the bipartisan support from the Congress and the White House for biomedical research broadly – and the National Institutes of Health specifically.  Although we…

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