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Senate funding bill supports NIH – Details slowly emerging ?>

Senate funding bill supports NIH – Details slowly emerging

Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor,Health and Human Services released some details of its fiscal 2016 spending plans. The committee calls for a $2 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health, with a proposed FY16 funding level of $32 billion. Subcommittee Chairman Senator Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said, “This year’s Labor-HHS appropriations bill prioritizes programs that will provide a significant benefit to all Americans, and importantly, provides the National Institutes of Health with a $2 billion increase to make…

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Science Policy Roundup: May 2, 2014 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: May 2, 2014

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! The Science Policy Roundup features the week’s science policy news. The Policy Blotter has a new location but same great style. Be sure to follow the new site for the latest updates in the science policy world! The U.S. Senate appropriations committee highlighted scientific research in a hearing this week titled “Driving…

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Senate appropriations committee recognizes the importance of innovation in the U.S. ?>

Senate appropriations committee recognizes the importance of innovation in the U.S.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, started the “Driving Innovation through Federal Investments” hearing saying that funding innovative research is of huge importance to the U.S. Supporting this statement, Mikulski pointed out that 138 pieces of written testimony, including one from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, were submitted prior to the hearing, demonstrating the support across the nation of investing in innovation. The hearing featured five witnesses representing federal agencies: John P. Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Ernest Moniz, Secretary, Department…

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A tight deadline for appropriations ?>

A tight deadline for appropriations

With passage of the recent bipartisan budget agreement, members of the appropriations committees now get to work crafting bills that will fund federal agencies for the rest of fiscal 2014. However, the deadline to pass these bills is Jan. 15, which will leave legislators the task of deciding on and agreeing to spending levels for nearly all federal agencies and only three weeks to do it. What can we expect for science funding? For the National Science Foundation, we have…

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The appropriations process comes to a screeching halt ?>

The appropriations process comes to a screeching halt

Yesterday, the U.S. House appropriations process broke down amid the strains of budgeting under sequestration. The House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill was pulled from the floor of the chamber before a final vote could take place. Support for the measure, which would have been the first nondefense discretionary spending bill debated by the full House this year, dropped precipitously as members found out just how deep the cuts would go. The House Labor, Health and Human Services…

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Smoke, mirrors and science funding ?>

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 no exception. However, the seemingly functioning appropriations work this year is a façade covering up a process that may soon come to a screeching halt….

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A busy week for federal spending for scientific research ?>

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 $679 million budget for FY13. This is a $33 million, or 4.6 percent, reduction relative to FY12 levels, and will undoubtedly cause a reduction in…

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Sequestration: The lines are drawn ?>

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 Jan. 2. As it stands now, come the New Year, taxes would go up for everyone and across-the-board budget cuts, or sequestration, would deeply cut…

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