Appropriations update: 2017 sequestration report

  Congress reconvened Tuesday and will remain in session for four weeks. We expect that lawmakers will pass a continuing resolution to fund the government at least into December. If, by the off chance, lawmakers do not pass a continuing resolution and instead proceed to resolve their differences to pass an actual appropriations bill, we…

Zika funding: What’s the hold up?

  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 14 documented locally acquired and 2,245 travel-associated Zika cases in the continental United States. In U.S. territories, there have been more than 8,000 cases. While most of the locally acquired cases in the United States have occurred in southeast Florida, recent data…

Appropriations Update – House making progress

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2017 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies, the spending bill that provides annual funding for the National Institutes of Health.  Don’t remember the details from that bill?  You can click here for our coverage, but the bottom line is the Senate…

Highlights from committee U.S. Senate hearing: Leveraging the U.S. science and technology enterprise

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing last week to discuss the future of U.S. research and development investments.  The hearing centered on how funded research can translate into innovations in industry and in turn, the economy. The committee brought in expert witnesses from academia, the private sector and a government…

House appropriators talk National Science Foundation funding

Earlier this week, we provided you with a summary of the budget hearing with National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins.  Today, we bring you last week’s hearing featuring National Science Foundation Director France Córdova.  What we learned U.S. House appropriators are struggling with balancing science funding and deficit spending. Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce,…

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…

Omnibus Released – NIH Increase Coming?

Early Wednesday morning, the U.S. House Rules Committee released the text of the long-awaited omnibus spending package to fund the government for fiscal 2016. The package, which outlines $1.1 trillion in federal spending for the coming fiscal year, includes a much-needed increase to the National Institutes of Health budget. The proposal includes a $2 billion…

Legislative Update – Appropriations and the Senate innovation agenda

As discussed last week, the appropriations process continues to progress behind closed doors. However, some details are emerging. All appropriations subcommittees have received their 302(b) allocations, and those allocations have been described to me by congressional staff as “fair.” The allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations subcommittee, which funds the National Institutes…

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…