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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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Guest Blog: Jeremy Berg talks Sustainable Research Funding ?>

Guest Blog: Jeremy Berg talks Sustainable Research Funding

Below is a guest post by Jeremy Berg of the University of Pittsburgh. Berg is a past president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a past winner of the ASBMB’s Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award and the new editor-in-chief of the journal Science. Berg helped lead ASBMB’s advocacy efforts during his presidency and has since continued to contribute from afar. His guest post contextualizes an editorial he wrote in Science that predicts what sustainable funding for…

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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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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: 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

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.

If this isn't war, then now peace concerns me ?>

If this isn't war, then now peace concerns me

Earlier this week, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, penned an op-ed for Politico titled, “No, the GOP Is Not at War With Science.” It is an eye-catching title for a science policy advocate like myself who is looking to read the tea leaves on what this new Congress will be like