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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 joins the Energy Sciences Coalition to advocate for the Department of Energy Office of Science ?>

ASBMB joins the Energy Sciences Coalition to advocate for the Department of Energy Office of Science

The ASBMB recently joined the Energy Sciences Coalition, a group of universities, professional societies and institutes that support the Department of Energy Office of Science. Similar to the Coalition for Health Funding that supports the National Institutes of Health, the ESC advocates to Congress on behalf of the DOE-SC, hosting congressional briefings on the Hill, organizing webinars and coordinating Hill Days with coalition partners. The DOE-SC, which supports physics to atmospheric sciences to genomic research, houses particle accelerators, computing centers,…

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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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House panel calls – once again – for greater congressional oversight of research proposals ?>

House panel calls – once again – for greater congressional oversight of research proposals

  The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology earlier this month released its annual filing known as the Views and Estimates.  The committee, which is responsible for oversight of nonmilitary, nonbiomedical federally supported research and which oversees major research-funding agencies (including the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy), reiterated its past calls for lawmakers to  play a larger role in the decision-making processes at those agencies. Though the document expresses the committee’s commitment to the…

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President-elect Trump’s Cabinet picks ?>

President-elect Trump’s Cabinet picks

  Presidential appointees help prioritize U.S. research goals by advising the sitting president on current and future scientific issues.  In fiscal 2016, the federal government provided a projected $137.6 billion in support for research and development , $33 billion of which went to  basic research.  To date, president-elect Trump has identified 17 of 21 key cabinet members. These Cabinet members will be responsible for the bulk of federal dollars awarded to scientists across the U.S.   Department of Health and…

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Obama releases FY16 budget ?>

Obama releases FY16 budget

Today, President Obama released his budget for fiscal 2016. This document contains the White House’s vision for the level of funding for every federal agency in the coming fiscal year. While Congress will not adopt Obama’s budget, the document lays out programs and projects that the White House considers a priority.

Science Policy Roundup: November 8, 2013 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: November 8, 2013

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! Starting now, the Science Policy Roundup will feature the week’s science policy news. The National Institutes of Health was highlighted in speeches by U.S. Senators Bob Casey, D-Penn., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Both called for an increase in the NIH budget. “Sen. Casey: Congress cannot allow budget fight to affect medical research”…

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America COMPETES passes committee as some Republicans try to limit science spending ?>

America COMPETES passes committee as some Republicans try to limit science spending

On April 28, the House Science and Technology Committee passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, a bill that re-examines and redefines the role of several key scientific agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. But even as the bill passed 29 to 8 with overwhelming bipartisan support, several Republican members offered amendments to reduce science spending.

House committee debates role of basic science at DOE ?>

House committee debates role of basic science at DOE

During a March 25 hearing of the House Science and Technology Committee’s Energy and Environment subcommittee, members of Congress debated about the role of basic science research at the Department of Energy. As the committee considered initial sections of the 2010 America COMPETES Act, several members were concerned that changes to the DOE would jeopardize the basic science mission of the Office of Science.