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Trump administration proposes more cuts to FY17 research-funding spending ?>

Trump administration proposes more cuts to FY17 research-funding spending

  Earlier this week, the Trump administration released a proposal to reduce fiscal 2017 spending, and, as we reported on Tuesday, science funding agencies will not escape the belt-tightening. Since then, we’ve gotten our hands on more details, including what the administration has in mind for the National Science Foundation. But, before we get into that, let’s back up. At the end of 2016, Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government until April 28.  Approved by the…

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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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ASBMB Statement on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal ?>

ASBMB Statement on President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Proposal

President Donald Trump released his first budget proposal on Thursday.  Included in that proposal is a $5.8 billion cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Benjamin Corb, director of public affairs for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has provided the following statement in response to the proposal: A $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health is unacceptable to the scientific community and should be unacceptable to the American public as well.  Trump’s spending…

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What $15 billion could do for the research community ?>

What $15 billion could do for the research community

  As the new administration gets settled and sets its priorities, President Donald Trump and Congress presumably will be assessing how taxpayer dollars can be best utilized. In the coming month, Trump will begin to not only introduce a budget for the upcoming fiscal year but also push for specific initiatives that will require some level of funding to accomplish. The U.S. has a number of issues that require an intense look. Health care and job creation are among those…

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ASBMB statement on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting immigration ?>

ASBMB statement on President Donald J. Trump’s executive order restricting immigration

In response to an executive order on immigration issued by President Donald J. Trump on Friday, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology released the following statement: The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an organization representing more than 11,000 biomedical researchers, educators and students, is concerned about the potential impact on the nation’s biomedical enterprise resulting from President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. The ASBMB is an international organization. Some of its…

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ASBMB statement supporting peer-reviewed science at federal agencies ?>

ASBMB statement supporting peer-reviewed science at federal agencies

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology believes that peer-reviewed science should remain free of politicization, and we support the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and all federally funded scientific agencies in their efforts to continue on their missions without political interference.

What we’re watching for ?>

What we’re watching for

The 115th Congress has begun its legislative work, and we’re five days into the presidency of Donald Trump.  To say that Washington, D.C., is active in these early days of 2017 is an understatement. The focus of political leaders is not – shockingly – how to handle biomedical research and science policy over the next couple of years.  The spotlight is focused on the future of the Affordable Care Act, who is going to pay for a southern border war,…

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House and Senate approve continuing resolution ?>

House and Senate approve continuing resolution

  Yesterday, both chambers of Congress approved a short-term continuing resolution spending bill (HR 5325) that will keep the federal government funded through Dec. 9. The resolution will fund federal agencies at the top-line, fiscal 2017 level of $1.067 trillion, reduced by 0.5 percent to comply with spending cap regulations. The Senate first approved the continuing resolution, which includes $1.1 billion in emergency funding to contend with the Zika virus. Of this $1.1 billion, more than $150 million will be…

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President Obama’s Leadership in Science, Technology, and Innovation ?>

President Obama’s Leadership in Science, Technology, and Innovation

Last week, the White House released an impact report touting instances of President Barack Obama’s leadership in science, technology and innovation.  Since 2009, the president has proudly proclaimed his support for science and technology, perhaps exemplified by proposed increases in funding for research and development in his fiscal 2017 budget and the creation of an annual White House science fair.  The president has introduced a number of initiatives to spur discovery and innovation and has made public statements advocating for fundamental research and emphasizing the role of…

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Are raises for postdoctoral fellows on the way? Department of Labor changes overtime rules. ?>

Are raises for postdoctoral fellows on the way? Department of Labor changes overtime rules.

Last night, the Department of Labor issued a new rule on overtime pay.  Effective December 1, 2016, the criteria under which employees will be eligible for overtime pay will be: The salary threshold for eligibility for overtime pay will rise from $455 per week to $913 per week ($47,476 per year). The threshold will automatically update every three years, based on wage growth over time. Overtime protections for salaried workers entitled to overtime will be strengthened. And finally, the one…

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