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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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Science policy weekly roundup: June 6, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 6, 2019

  Your voice can help broaden America’s STEM workforce The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is working to advance legislation that will influence the makeup of the nation’s scientific workforce. The STEM Opportunities Act, also known as H.R. 2528, directs federal agencies and universities to mitigate barriers for women and underrepresented minorities seeking to participate in STEM training and careers. Tell your lawmakers to support the bill.   U.S. health agency limits use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions The U.S. Department of…

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Help increase transparency for federal programs aimed at broadening STEM participation ?>

Help increase transparency for federal programs aimed at broadening STEM participation

The final bill that we are highlighting during our spring advocacy campaign is the STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act, or H.R. 627. Click here to participate. While many STEM trainees receive support through federally funded education programs, the bulk are funded through federal research project grants. Indeed, in 2016, the U.S. government funded $2.9 billion in STEM education programs but spent $38 billion on research at institutions of higher education. The National Science Foundation alone supported 362,000…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 31, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 31, 2019

Urge your elected officials to support legislation to broaden STEM participation The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is asking you to encourage your elected officials to support legislation to broaden participation by women, military veterans and underrepresented minorities in STEM. Click here to send a letter now.   Advocacy spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter interviews ASBMB member William T. Booth II, a military veteran and…

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Encourage Congress to support legislation to engage, support veterans in STEM ?>

Encourage Congress to support legislation to engage, support veterans in STEM

The first piece of legislation for which we’re advocating during our spring campaign is the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, also known as S. 153. This bipartisan bill, introduced in January by Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recognizes that veterans possess technical skills and traits that make them ideal candidates for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The bill directs the National Science Foundation to do more to engage and support veterans. Tell your senator to…

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Advocacy Spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate

This spring, members of the ASBMB are encouraging the U.S. Senate to advance the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act (S. 153), which directs the National Science Foundation to do more for veterans interested in pursuing education and training for STEM careers.  To learn more about the needs and experiences of veterans, ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, interviewed society member William T. Booth, a postdoctoral researcher who spent more than eight years in the U.S. Army and National Guard. Booth’s…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 17, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 17, 2019

Advocate for STEM education today Join the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s advocacy campaign to increase support for and access to STEM education and training. Take a few minutes to urge your lawmakers to co-sponsor three bills that support STEM. Send letters now using our templates. Four days left to apply for the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program The deadline to submit your application for the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program is 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday, May 20. This six-month…

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