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House appropriators hear from NIH director on FY17 budget request ?>

House appropriators hear from NIH director on FY17 budget request

It’s appropriations season on Capitol Hill, and committees are hearing testimony from agency heads justifying their fiscal year 2017 budget requests.  Later this week, we’ll provide a review of the National Science Foundation hearing, but today let’s look at the National Institutes of Health hearing highlights. What we learned U.S. House appropriators really like the NIH … and want to give it more money. Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla) opened the hearing expressing…

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Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 – What it really means ?>

Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 – What it really means

Here in the policy office of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, we’ve received e-mails, phone calls and tweets asking if the new federal budget agreement will lead to an increase in the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation budgets. The answer is this: We don’t know. Before jumping into the details of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, let’s first briefly go through the federal budget process. There are three phases. First, Congress determines how much money…

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House appropriations bill moves forward ?>

House appropriations bill moves forward

Yesterday, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill that would fund the National Institute of Health at $31.2 billion. This marks the first time in four years that the LHHS funding bill has passed out of committee.

A roller coaster ride at the NSF ?>

A roller coaster ride at the NSF

For the past several weeks, the National Science Foundation has had its fair share of air time on Capitol Hill. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act has been winding its way through the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee since November, and it was finally debated by the full committee two weeks ago. A bill that sets NSF appropriations for the coming fiscal year has also been moving through the legislative process and was debated before…

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Science Policy Roundup: May 2, 2014 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: May 2, 2014

The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! The Science Policy Roundup features the week’s science policy news. The Policy Blotter has a new location but same great style. Be sure to follow the new site for the latest updates in the science policy world! The U.S. Senate appropriations committee highlighted scientific research in a hearing this week titled “Driving…

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House weighs in on NSF appropriations ?>

House weighs in on NSF appropriations

Today, the U.S. House Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee held a hearing on their funding bill for fiscal 2015. The CJS appropriations subcommittee allocates money for many government agencies, including the National Science Foundation. And if CJS committee members have their way, the NSF will receive a significant bump in its budget for FY15. The FY15 CJS bill appropriates $7.4 billion for the NSF. This is a $238 million increase over FY14 appropriations (3.3 percent) and $154…

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A tight deadline for appropriations ?>

A tight deadline for appropriations

With passage of the recent bipartisan budget agreement, members of the appropriations committees now get to work crafting bills that will fund federal agencies for the rest of fiscal 2014. However, the deadline to pass these bills is Jan. 15, which will leave legislators the task of deciding on and agreeing to spending levels for nearly all federal agencies and only three weeks to do it. What can we expect for science funding? For the National Science Foundation, we have…

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Looking ahead: Is sequestration here to stay? ?>

Looking ahead: Is sequestration here to stay?

In 2011, the Budget Control Act established caps for discretionary spending by the federal government through 2021. This codified the maximum amount the government could spend on the discretionary portion of the budget, which includes programs such as science funding, defense, and infrastructure. Further, if federal spending exceeds that year’s BCA-established cap, then sequestration, or across-the-board spending cuts, would be used to bring the budget under the cap. In March 2013, Congress agreed to spending levels that were above the…

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