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…

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…

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…

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…

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…