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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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House appropriators talk National Science Foundation funding ?>

House appropriators talk National Science Foundation funding

Earlier this week, we provided you with a summary of the budget hearing with National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins.  Today, we bring you last week’s hearing featuring National Science Foundation Director France Córdova.  What we learned U.S. House appropriators are struggling with balancing science funding and deficit spending. Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Chairman Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, in his opening remarks voiced support for science agencies but opposition to President Barack Obama’s…

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House appropriators hear from NIH director on FY17 budget request ?>

House appropriators hear from NIH director on FY17 budget request

It’s appropriations season on Capitol Hill, and committees are hearing testimony from agency heads justifying their fiscal year 2017 budget requests.  Later this week, we’ll provide a review of the National Science Foundation hearing, but today let’s look at the National Institutes of Health hearing highlights. What we learned U.S. House appropriators really like the NIH … and want to give it more money. Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla) opened the hearing expressing…

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Biomedical research deserves funding, not gimmicks ?>

Biomedical research deserves funding, not gimmicks

The American biomedical research enterprise is a national treasure. As such, biomedical research broadly, and the National Institutes of Health specifically, should be funded as a national priority. Sadly, as we enter the fiscal 2017 budget season, President Obama has proposed budget gimmickry over sustained investments, and the community should flatly reject this proposal. Yesterday, Obama released his eighth and final budget, and, among other things, called for a nearly $1 billion increase to the NIH. However, this proposal comes…

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The ASBMB Sustainability Summit ?>

The ASBMB Sustainability Summit

Training periods and trainee populations have increased over the past decade despite stagnant federal funding, resulting in a research workforce that is expanding beyond the capacity of the available funding to support it. A variety of groups have written reports describing these problems in great detail and made a series of recommendations to fix them. The Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has also been working on issues concerning the sustainability of the…

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#SciencePolicy on Twitter ?>

#SciencePolicy on Twitter

Twitter is a great tool to keep up with science policy news and events. Here’s a list of who we’re following in the ASBMB Public Affairs office. Occasionally, we’ll use this space to share some of the people and groups who have interesting takes on science policy. Of course sharing them here does not represent an endorsement of their tweets.

Advocacy Spotlight: Joe Ramos ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Joe Ramos

ASBMB’s Advocate Spotlight will highlight the efforts of science advocates to share the importance of biomedical research. If you know someone telling the story of science to legislators to advance science policy, email smartin@asbmb.org, so that we can consider them. Joe Ramos is the program director

Advocacy Spotlight: Bob Matthews ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Bob Matthews

This week public affairs is excited to introduce a new feature. ASBMB’s Advocacy Spotlight will highlight the efforts of science advocates to share the importance of biomedical research. If you know someone telling the story of science to legislators to advance science policy, email smartin@asbmb.org, so that we can consider them. Dr. Robert “Bob” Matthews became interested in science-based public service