The U.S. House health subcommittee receives an update on the impact of the 21st Century Cures Act ?>

The U.S. House health subcommittee receives an update on the impact of the 21st Century Cures Act

  The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee held a hearing this week to receive updates on the implementation of the 21st Century Cures. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, and Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, provided testimony and updates from their agencies. Highlights from the hearing are below. You can watch a recording here. We’re including timestamps on our highlights for your quick reference. 17:17 – U.S. Rep. Michael…

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Science Policy Roundup: December 1, 2017 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: December 1, 2017

How the U.S. Senate and House tax bills compare Science Policy Analyst André Porter compares the effects of the GOP tax bills on scientists and the research community. While both bills are from the Republican Party, the House and Senate bills widely differ in how they would affect science research. Read more here.   Graduate students protest against GOP House tax bill Graduate students from 40 universities joined a nationwide walkout in protest of the GOP House tax bill, which…

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How the current tax bills compare ?>

How the current tax bills compare

  This month Congress moved to fulfill President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to cut taxes.  The House of Representatives passed its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Senate is expected to pass a marked up version of the bill this week.  The tax plan, an example of “trickle-down” economics, seeks to simplify the current tax bracket structure and provide large tax breaks for high earners that will likely be supported by increased taxes on the middle class. According to the…

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Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: Nov. 17, 2017

The ASBMB debuts first episode of “Pipettes and Politics” The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has released a science policy podcast titled “Pipettes and Politics.” Hosted by the public affairs department, the podcast discusses politics and policies that affect the science community. The first episode considers the ramifications of the U.S. House of Representatives’ tax proposal to eliminate tuition waivers for graduate students. Listen here.   National Science Board addresses skilled technical workforce issue ASBMB Science Policy Analyst…

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The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology debuts the first episode of ‘Pipettes and Politics’ ?>

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology debuts the first episode of ‘Pipettes and Politics’

  The ASBMB has released the first episode of “Pipettes and Politics,” a science policy podcast hosted by the society’s public affairs department. This podcast will provide a peek into the politics of the Beltway and how they may affect the research enterprise. Listeners can expect to hear candid conversations between ASBMB’s public affairs staffers as they unpack topics ranging from new legislation in Congress to policies at federal agencies and policies issues within the research community. In their first…

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The National Science Board moves to address issues with the nation’s ‘skilled technical workforce’ ?>

The National Science Board moves to address issues with the nation’s ‘skilled technical workforce’

  The National Science Board convened last week for its final meeting of 2017.  The board reviewed programs and activities within the Directorate for Engineering, the latest iteration of its Science and Engineering Indicators report, and approved a charge to investigate the National Science Foundation’s role in support of the nation’s skilled technical workforce. Highlights from the meeting are below. The strategy committee highlighted one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas, gave an overview of the Engineering Directorate’s activities and provided…

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Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup: November 10, 2017

Elimination of tuition waiver in GOP tax plan would adversely affect graduate students U.S. House GOP leaders released the legislative text of their tax plan this week. The proposal allows tuition that is usually waived by the university to be taxable, drastically increasing the tax liability of many graduate students. The ASBMB has released a statement opposing the proposed legislation as written. The Senate recently published an outline of its tax bill, which contains key differences to the House bill….

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ASBMB statement in response to H.R.1, the tax cuts and jobs act ?>

ASBMB statement in response to H.R.1, the tax cuts and jobs act

  The following statement is from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Tax reform efforts currently being debated in the House of Representatives would damage the nation’s scientific enterprise and weaken America’s position as the global leader for scientific breakthroughs and innovation.  Changes to the tax policy will raise the deficit and threaten investments in research and development for years to come. As constructed, H.R. 1 will increase the federal deficit by…

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ASBMB joins the Energy Sciences Coalition to advocate for the Department of Energy Office of Science ?>

ASBMB joins the Energy Sciences Coalition to advocate for the Department of Energy Office of Science

The ASBMB recently joined the Energy Sciences Coalition, a group of universities, professional societies and institutes that support the Department of Energy Office of Science. Similar to the Coalition for Health Funding that supports the National Institutes of Health, the ESC advocates to Congress on behalf of the DOE-SC, hosting congressional briefings on the Hill, organizing webinars and coordinating Hill Days with coalition partners. The DOE-SC, which supports physics to atmospheric sciences to genomic research, houses particle accelerators, computing centers,…

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Science policy roundup, November 3, 2017 ?>

Science policy roundup, November 3, 2017

  Addressing diversity In August, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences requested feedback from the community on the potential impacts of changing the funding vehicle for some of the institute’s undergraduate and predoctoral diversity programs. Read a recap of the ASBMB’s feedback here.   Chair of the House Science Committee retires U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, will not to seek reelection in 2018.  Smith long has been at odds with the scientific community. As chairman of the House Science,…

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