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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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Legislative Update – Appropriations and the Senate innovation agenda ?>

Legislative Update – Appropriations and the Senate innovation agenda

As discussed last week, the appropriations process continues to progress behind closed doors. However, some details are emerging. All appropriations subcommittees have received their 302(b) allocations, and those allocations have been described to me by congressional staff as “fair.” The allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations subcommittee, which funds the National Institutes of Health, is said to be “generous.” The original allocation for L-HHS had been below the fiscal year 2015 level, but it seems the Bipartisan…

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Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 – What it really means ?>

Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 – What it really means

Here in the policy office of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, we’ve received e-mails, phone calls and tweets asking if the new federal budget agreement will lead to an increase in the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation budgets. The answer is this: We don’t know. Before jumping into the details of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, let’s first briefly go through the federal budget process. There are three phases. First, Congress determines how much money…

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House appropriations bill moves forward ?>

House appropriations bill moves forward

Yesterday, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill that would fund the National Institute of Health at $31.2 billion. This marks the first time in four years that the LHHS funding bill has passed out of committee.

U.S. House GOP releases budget ?>

U.S. House GOP releases budget

Today, U.S. House Republicans released their 10-year budget plan. Similar to recent budgets, this plan proposes to balance the federal budget in eight years. And similar to previous plans, this balance is achieved through spending cuts and reforms to mandatory spending programs such as Medicare.

Obama releases FY16 budget ?>

Obama releases FY16 budget

Today, President Obama released his budget for fiscal 2016. This document contains the White House’s vision for the level of funding for every federal agency in the coming fiscal year. While Congress will not adopt Obama’s budget, the document lays out programs and projects that the White House considers a priority.