Smoke, mirrors and science funding

The summer is an eventful time for federal appropriations. Subcommittees review their agency portfolios and assign spending levels, bills are marked up and passed on to the full appropriations committee and eventually these bills make it to the floor of the House or Senate for debate and final passage. The summer of 2013 has been…

A busy week for federal spending for scientific research

The dust is finally settling over the fiscal 2013 appropriations process just as the FY14 process begins. Yesterday, the National Science Foundation released the final fiscal 2013 budgets for each directorate. The agency’s overall appropriation is $6.8 billion after accounting for sequestration. Of interest to ASBMB members, the Directorate of Biological Sciences will have a…

Sequestration: The lines are drawn

With the election far behind us, and Thanksgiving just past, it’s time for the lame duck session of the 112th Congress to finally get to work. The issue everyone has been talking about since President Obama was reelected is the fiscal cliff — the combination of tax increases and spending cuts due to take effect…

Science and the 2012 election

While science policy did not figure prominently in the 2012 election cycle, the outcomes of several races in the U.S. House and Senate could have significant effects on future policies regarding the conduct of science. One of the biggest losses for biomedical research came in California. Republican Brian Bilbray, a strong proponent of biomedical research…

U.S. House and Senate appropriations committees vote on NSF budget for FY13

It appears that Congress is making every effort to return to normal working order for the fiscal 2013 appropriations process, by already voting on several appropriations bills in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Despite the tight fiscal environment for FY13, the National Science Foundation received an increase over the FY12 budget…

NIH appropriations hearings in the House and Senate

This month, for the first time in almost two years, the appropriations subcommittees on labor, health and human services and education in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate held hearings on the National Institutes of Health. On March 20, members of the House subcommittee heard testimony from NIH Director Francis Collins on the…

NSF receives budget increase for fiscal 2012

Late Monday evening, a finalized conference report was released after a week of intense negotiations between members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. The “minibus” bill set FY12 spending levels for several government agencies such as agriculture, criminal justice, transportation and housing agencies and several science-funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation.…

Joint U.S. House-Senate conference on the first FY12 “minibus” appropriations bill begins

On Thursday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate met to begin working out their differences on a FY12 spending measure for three groups of federal agencies. The 18 senators and 20 House members are tasked with agreeing upon spending levels in a bill that will fund federal agriculture, criminal justice, transportation and…

Appropriations – Where are we now?

Omnibus – minibus – continuing resolution – super committee … what does it all mean for the biomedical research community right now?  Well, here it is in a nutshell. EXISTING SITUATION:  Currently, the government is operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR), which funds the NIH at the FY2011 level through November 18, 2011, which is…