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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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Shrinking the role of government is hurting science ?>

Shrinking the role of government is hurting science

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released his 2014 Wastebook, an annual report on government spending that Coburn deems wasteful, largely because, on the surface, the projects sound like silly ways to spend federal dollars. This year’s version—the last due to Coburn’s retirement at the adjournment of this Congress—follows a rather typical path

Has NIH caught Ebola fever? ?>

Has NIH caught Ebola fever?

Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, has been one of the best advocates for the NIH I have ever seen. His ability to easily maneuver from one NIH research topic to another during budget hearings has been truly artful at times. While his guitar playing has driven me personally crazy (When was the last time secretaries John Kerry and Chuck Hagel used a banjo to sing about their budget woes?), it has been an effective…

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