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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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Science Policy news weekly update: September 8, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: September 8, 2017

What’s new in Blotter news: Science Policy Analyst André Porter attended the National Institute of Health’s Council of Councils meeting last week. Read his summary of the meeting below: Where we’ve been: Attending the September NIH Council of Councils meeting   The U.S. Senate appropriations committee voted overwhelmingly to pass a funding bill by the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. The bill includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, with money…

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Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH ?>

Scientists hear mixed messages on political support for biomedical research and the NIH

The White House’s budget rollout last week sent shockwaves through the scientific community broadly and National Institutes of Health supporters specifically.  President Donald Trump, in his “skinny budget” release, called for a $5.8 billion cut to the NIH’s budget, 19 percent of fiscal year 2016 appropriations for the agency.  The cut came as a surprise because the agency historically has enjoyed bipartisan support. The president’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, made Trump’s intentions clear at a press conference last week.  “This…

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Senate moves to increase NIH budget ?>

Senate moves to increase NIH budget

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) voted 29-1 to approve a bill that proposes a $2 billion increase in funding at the National Institutes of Health, putting the agencies budget at $34 billion.  The Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for fiscal 2017 now will move to the full Senate for a vote. “This bill sets priorities for federal programs that support the health and well-being of Americans,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss. …

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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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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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NIH appropriations hearings in the House and Senate ?>

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 fiscal 2013 budget for the NIH and the development of the new NIH center, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. In their opening statements,…

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