June 2010

America COMPETES Passes Committee


On April 28, the House Science and Technology Committee passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. But, even as the bill passed 29 to 8 with overwhelming bipartisan support, several Republican members offered amendments to reduce science spending.


ASBMB Staff Assists FASEB Hill Day


ASBMB public affairs staff members Peter Farnham and Kyle M. Brown spent May 5 on Capitol Hill, escorting ASBMB members serving on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology board to meetings with various Congressmen and Senators.


Highlights from the Blotter

NFTH-iconThe American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Policy Blotter posts regular news and commentary about current science policy issues. Here are some recent highlights from the blog.


Obey Retirement Shakes up Appropriations Committee, House


“I’m bone tired,” said U.S. Rep. Dave Obey,  D-Wis., in early May when he announced his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives after serving since 1969. The Wisconsin democrat has been chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee since the Democrats took control of the House in 2006 and also has served since then as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, which oversees the National Institutes of Health.

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