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Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017 ?>

Science policy weekly news update: Sept. 22, 2017

What’s new in Blotter news? In response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the ASBMB released a statement urging congressional action to codify DACA into law. ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA Science Policy Analyst André Porter reports on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ advisory council meeting this week. Porter presented a statement by the ASBMB inquiring about the Next Generation Researchers Initiative during the public comments…

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ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA ?>

ASBMB statement on Trump’s decision to end DACA

  In response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end DACA, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released the following statement: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which represents more than 10,000 scientists throughout the world, strongly condemns the actions taken by President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and supports congressional action to codify this important policy into law. The life science research enterprise is built upon…

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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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Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States ?>

Statement from the ASBMB on its commitment to diversity and inclusion upon the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is committed to ensuring a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment in which scientists can make the important breakthroughs that will improve the health and quality of life of people across the world. During the 2016 presidential election, we heard harsh rhetoric  that caused great concern among those in our diverse community. Since the election of Donald Trump as president-elect, we have seen violence and other hate-inspired acts that make members of our…

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Executive order on immigration will affect some foreign-born scientists ?>

Executive order on immigration will affect some foreign-born scientists

Four provisions included in President Obama’s executive order on immigration, announced Thursday, will make it easier for some foreign-born scientists to find jobs in the U.S. One provision applies to foreign-born students studying at U.S. institutions, while the remaining three address skilled foreign workers seeking work in the U.S.

What we’re watching in 2014: Immigration reform ?>

What we’re watching in 2014: Immigration reform

Immigration is an issue that affects many segments of the population, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals. Due to the complexity of immigration, agreeing on a bipartisan comprehensive bill is proving to be difficult. In the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Republicans were able to work together to pass a bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, that covers a pathway to citizenship, increased border security and new visa allocations, among many other provisions. So how does…

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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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ASBMB responds to immigration reform proposal ?>

ASBMB responds to immigration reform proposal

On Monday, a group of eight senators—four Republicans and four Democrats—unveiled a framework for an immigration-reform plan. The Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 would, among other things, increase the number of visas available for foreign-born workers and students graduating with advanced degrees. Additionally, a portion of the fees spent to obtain these visas would be set aside in an account to be used specifically for training science, technology, engineering and math education programs. President Obama also has said he plans…

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Our legislative prognostications ?>

Our legislative prognostications

In the December edition of ASBMB Today, we discussed how scientific research would be affected by some of the pieces of legislation under consideration by the lame-duck Congress. We also made predictions on the outcomes of each of those pieces of legislation. How did we do? Sequestration Our prediction: We predicted a 70 percent chance Congress would achieve a compromise plan that replaced sequestration, a 20 percent chance Congress would postpone it and a 10 percent chance it would go…

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