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Science policy weekly roundup: August 9, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 9, 2019

Trump signs bipartisan budget deal into law The two-year budget deal, signed into law by President Donald Trump on Aug. 2, provides lawmakers with top-line budget numbers for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. It also removes federal budget caps put in place by the 2011 Budget Control Act and allows the government to borrow more money to pay its debts. The U.S. Congress must still pass the 12 appropriations bills needed to fund the federal government. The U.S. House has…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 2, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 2, 2019

Senate passes funding bill and sends it to Trump for his signature In a 67-28 vote, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan two-year funding deal that sets spending levels for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 and allows the U.S. Treasury to borrow additional money to pay its debts. The bill also abolishes spending caps, effectively ending the 10-year budget limits placed on the federal government in the 2011 Budget Control Act. The bill awaits the signature of President Donald Trump,…

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ASBMB applauds House passage of H.R. 36 to combat sexual harassment in science ?>

ASBMB applauds House passage of H.R. 36 to combat sexual harassment in science

The American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology applauds the passage of House Resolution 36, the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019. The bill, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 23, is good start to address the extensive problem of sexual and gender harassment in STEM. Standardizing the various policies addressing sexual harassment across federal science agencies is an important first step toward reducing harassment in the scientific workforce. H.R. 36 directs the National Science…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 26, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 26, 2019

Tell your Senators to support the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology urges you to spend one minute and send an email to your U.S. Senator to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. The bill includes a two-year agreement to lift the budget caps put in place since 2011 and allows the U.S. to raise its debt ceiling to pay off its debts. The bill, which passed the house on Thursday, also…

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Science policy weekly roundup: July 19, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 19, 2019

Where we’ve been: attending the House hearing on scientific integrity The U.S. House science committee had a hearing on scientific integrity on Wednesday to discuss ways to prevent suppression and manipulation of scientific findings generated by government scientists. Committee members focused on House Bill 1709, the Scientific Integrity Act, which would codify policies at scientific agencies to prevent censorship and alteration of research data. Read more here. NSF outlines effort to prevent research espionage The National Science Foundation released a…

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House passes fiscal 2020 funding bill package to fund NSF, NIH and DOE ?>

House passes fiscal 2020 funding bill package to fund NSF, NIH and DOE

The U.S. House passed a package of funding bills for fiscal year 2020 on June 25 that provides $41.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $2 billion from fiscal 2019 and $6.9 billion above President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. The bill funds the Department of Energy Office of Science at $6.87 billion, a $285 million increase. The bill also gives the National Science Foundation $8.45 billion, a $561.1 million boost.   The bill includes funding for…

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 14, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 14, 2019

NIH group suggests how to address sexual harassment A working group on sexual harassment in science presented recommendations to the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director on Thursday to combat sexual harassment at institutions that receive NIH funding. The four recommendations include treating sexual harassment as seriously as research misconduct, requiring institutions tell the NIH about misconduct investigations, providing opportunities for reentry to scientists who have left academia because of harassment, and asking grantees about their misconduct…

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Science policy weekly roundup: June 6, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 6, 2019

  Your voice can help broaden America’s STEM workforce The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is working to advance legislation that will influence the makeup of the nation’s scientific workforce. The STEM Opportunities Act, also known as H.R. 2528, directs federal agencies and universities to mitigate barriers for women and underrepresented minorities seeking to participate in STEM training and careers. Tell your lawmakers to support the bill.   U.S. health agency limits use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions The U.S. Department of…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 31, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 31, 2019

Urge your elected officials to support legislation to broaden STEM participation The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is asking you to encourage your elected officials to support legislation to broaden participation by women, military veterans and underrepresented minorities in STEM. Click here to send a letter now.   Advocacy spotlight: William T. Booth II, veteran, scientist and advocate ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter interviews ASBMB member William T. Booth II, a military veteran and…

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House bill pushes NIH to address sexual harassment ?>

House bill pushes NIH to address sexual harassment

The U.S. House appropriations subcommittee introduced a bill in late April to fund the National Institutes of Health in fiscal 2020. Included in the legislation is language instructing the science agency to be more proactive in how it addresses sexual harassment within the scientific community. The bill directs the NIH to require that NIH-funded institutions notify the agency when scientists are placed on administrative leave or removed from a grant because of sexual harassment findings. It also directs the NIH…

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