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…
In an extremely rare Saturday session of the U.S. Senate, senators passed the massive fiscal 2015 spending bill by a vote of 56-40. Passage ends any possibility of a government shutdown and ensures most of the federal government is fully funded through the end of the fiscal year.
Many of us have focused on the bottom line of H.R. 83, the fiscal 2015 continuing resolution-omnibus (CRomnibus) funding package, which the U.S. House passed last night. Science funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation received modest funding increases.
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UPDATE: The U.S. House reconvened this evening and voted on the omnibus spending package. The bill passed by a vote of 219-206. Fiscal 2015 spending for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation will be as we previously reported.
Update (12/15/14): The CRomnibus passed both houses. More information here.
Although there has been plenty of talk in the news about coal, we hope you save that for the energy folks. Please know that the ASBMB has been very good this year.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about the continuing resolution that is funding the federal government through Dec. 11. With all of the recent news about Ebola research funding, I wanted to revisit the fiscal 2015 research funding outlook before Congress returns after the election. There are three options for Congress regarding FY15 funding