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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2018   ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2018  

  Government shutdown threat grows as Democrats and conservatives dig in The continuing resolution funding the federal government expires on Jan. 19, and negotiations for a bipartisan budget deal remain difficult. Democrats are tying budget negotiations to an immigration deal that would provide protections to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Passing another continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government for another month also may prove challenging. These temporary funding strategies prevent federal agencies like…

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“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 3 ?>

“Pipettes and Politics” Episode 3

  The ASBMB has released its third episode of its science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics.” This episode begins with a summary of hearings held to update Congress on the progress of the 21st Century Cures Act. In his testimony to the U.S. House and Senate, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins emphasized his agency’s commitment to support the next generation of researchers. The ASBMB has responded to the NIH’s blueprint, the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, and its now-scuttled plan, the Grants Support Index….

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Science Policy Roundup: December 8, 2017 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: December 8, 2017

ASBMB members urge Congress to remove graduate student tax from the final tax reform effort So far, 1,013 ASBMB members have sent 3,106 letters to 369 members of Congress in a push to ensure that the repeal of the graduate student tuition tax waiver does not make it onto the final tax reform bill. The bill is in conference committee, as the House and Senate negotiators are amending the legislation to ensure passage through both chambers. Take action here. Episode…

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The U.S. House health subcommittee receives an update on the impact of the 21st Century Cures Act ?>

The U.S. House health subcommittee receives an update on the impact of the 21st Century Cures Act

  The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee held a hearing this week to receive updates on the implementation of the 21st Century Cures. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, and Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, provided testimony and updates from their agencies. Highlights from the hearing are below. You can watch a recording here. We’re including timestamps on our highlights for your quick reference. 17:17 – U.S. Rep. Michael…

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How the current tax bills compare ?>

How the current tax bills compare

  This month Congress moved to fulfill President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to cut taxes.  The House of Representatives passed its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Senate is expected to pass a marked up version of the bill this week.  The tax plan, an example of “trickle-down” economics, seeks to simplify the current tax bracket structure and provide large tax breaks for high earners that will likely be supported by increased taxes on the middle class. According to the…

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Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: October 27, 2017

  Standardizing postdoc titles Eight scientists and science policy experts with ties to the ASBMB published an opinion article in the journal eLife this week making the case that what we call postdoctoral researchers really does matter. Read the ASBMB announcement and the eLife article.   What is next for the March for Science? It has been six months since the March for Science, a global event uniting hundreds of thousands of scientists from around the world to highlight the…

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Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: September 15, 2017

  The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive measure Sept. 7 that includes $15 billion for Hurricane Harvey aid, a continuing resolution to fund the government until December, and an increase in the debt ceiling that also would need to be raised by the end of the year. The U.S. House passed the bill one day later, and President Donald Trump signed the bill into law that same day. Congress must once again raise the debt ceiling and pass a…

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Science Policy news weekly update: August 26, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: August 26, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter news? Science Policy Analyst Andre Porter attended the National Science Board summer meeting this week. Read his summary of the meeting below: Where we’ve been: attending the National Science Board summer meeting My previous entry regarding the National Institute of Health’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative was updated to include the names of scientists assigned to the working group. The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative   In an interview, U.S. Senate Majority…

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Senate appropriations bills provide a boost to DOE’s office of Science and a cut to NSF in 2018 ?>

Senate appropriations bills provide a boost to DOE’s office of Science and a cut to NSF in 2018

  The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved two draft funding bills for fiscal 2018 that conflict with appropriation bills proposed by the House earlier this month.  The House Appropriations Committee proposed flat funding for the National Science Foundation research programs and Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The Senate, however, is seeking to provide a slight cut and increase, respectively. Under the budgets put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the NSF would receive $7.3 billion and the Department of…

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Agencies avoid major hit in 2018 draft House appropriations bill ?>

Agencies avoid major hit in 2018 draft House appropriations bill

  This week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released three draft appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018 for a variety of agencies, including those related to science.  The drafts include reductions in discretionary funds over 2017 levels. While the committee recommends funding most of the National Science Foundation’s programs at fiscal 2017 levels, rejecting proposed cuts by the Trump administration, it does, however, propose reducing appropriations for the foundation’s nonresearch activities.  Additionally, the National Institutes of Health would see an…

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