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Appropriations Update – House making progress ?>

Appropriations Update – House making progress

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2017 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies, the spending bill that provides annual funding for the National Institutes of Health.  Don’t remember the details from that bill?  You can click here for our coverage, but the bottom line is the Senate approved a $2 billion increase to the NIH for the upcoming fiscal year. NEXT STEPS:  The bill awaits debate and a vote by the full…

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Science policy news: weekly roundup: February 26, 2016 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: February 26, 2016

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup. U.S. President Barack Obama called for Congress to provide $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika virus, but Congress has yet to authorize the additional funds.

Advocacy Spotlight: ASBMB Advocates ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: ASBMB Advocates

ASBMB’s Advocate Spotlight highlights 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 him or her.

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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Advocacy Spotlight: Melanie Alvarado ?>

Advocacy Spotlight: Melanie Alvarado

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, emailsmartin@asbmb.org, so that we can consider them. Melanie Alvarado is a graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage and studies HIV reactivation within cells that are hidden from a patient’s immune system. 

A Strategic Plan for the NIH ?>

A Strategic Plan for the NIH

The fiscal 2015 spending package that became law carried a provision directing the National Institutes of Health to develop its first strategic plan. Lawrence Tabak, principle deputy director of the NIH, presented the current framework of the strategic plan at a meeting of the Advisory Council to the Director last week. This was followed by the release of a request for information asking for input from the scientific community on the agency-wide strategic plan. The strategic plan will examine NIH…

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House Passes 21st Century Cures ?>

House Passes 21st Century Cures

ASBMB Statement on Passage of HR6 Today, the 21st Century Cures Act was passed on the floor of the House of Representatives by a vote of 344-77.  Cures has drawn bipartisan support with the goal of increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health and streamlining the pathway for new drugs to reach patients.