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Science Policy news weekly update: August 14, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: August 14, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB has been providing feedback to the National Institutes of Health regarding its Next Generation Researchers Initiative. The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative   Science Policy Analyst Andre Porter discusses the White House memo with its priorities for research and development to guide federal funding. President Trump releases his research and development priorities for FY19   A recent National Academies of Science report stated that the American biomedical…

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President Trump releases his research and development priorities for FY19 ?>

President Trump releases his research and development priorities for FY19

  This week, President Donald Trump released his first memorandum of research and development priorities that will be used by federal funding agencies to draft budget requests for the next fiscal year.  Trump’s priorities include R&D that increases American military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance and health. Trump encouraged agencies to reallocate existing commitments to accommodate his priorities without spending more money. This memo suggests that while the federal government should invest in early stage basic and applied research, the…

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Trump keeps Collins as Director of the NIH ?>

Trump keeps Collins as Director of the NIH

On Tuesday, the White House announced President Donald Trump’s reappointment of Francis S. Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health for the next four years. Collins has been director since 2009. In a statement, Collins said, “I am grateful for the president’s vote of confidence in my ability to continue to lead this great agency.” The news quickly garnered widespread bipartisan support from members of Congress. Chairman of the U.S. Senate health committee, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the…

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ASBMB rejects President Trump’s FY18 budget ?>

ASBMB rejects President Trump’s FY18 budget

President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 18 budget proposal on Tuesday.  Included in that proposal is a $7.4 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: President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, if enacted, would significantly damage the nation’s role as the global leader of research and innovation, and would roll…

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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.