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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: February 16, 2018

Published on:Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:07:21 +0000
Category: ASBMB

ASBMB responds to President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget The Trump administration’s FY19 budget originally called for deep cuts for the NIH and the NSF. However, in response to the congressional budget deal that will infuse billions of dollars to the federal budget, the Office of Management and Budget walked back the cuts and instead proposed flat funding levels for those agencies. The administration’s original intent to reduce the NIH and NSF budgets demonstrate that the research enterprise is not a...

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Trump administration releases its FY19 budget

Published on:Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:37:40 +0000
Category: ASBMB Statement

Today, the Trump administration released the president’s budget request for fiscal 2019.  As could be expected, the administration proposed heavy cuts to agencies that support the research enterprise.   Under the president’s proposal, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation’s research and related activities accounts would have seen reductions to $24 billion and $4.2 billion, respectively. The president’s budget, however, was drafted prior to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018  being signed into law last week.  Consequently, his...

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From ASBMB Today

November 2017 - We’re thinking about the future of funding — and looking for your two cents

The National Institutes of Health has issued not one but two proposals this year aimed at funding as many grants and as many investigators as possible, even if the pot of money for grants is not increasing. Specifically, NIH leaders are concerned about how to ensure that the research enterprise is taking the steps necessary to support the next generation of researchers. Read more here. 

October 2017 - It’s official — the president has a science problem

President Donald Trump’s first week in office gave us hints that his administration would view science differently than we were used to. It started with  reports of gag orders  restricting government scientists from speaking to the press and included a travel ban that trapped foreign-born scientists in pseudo-detention at airports across the country while their immigration statuses were scrutinized. Read more here. 

September 2017 - Congress must act on funding

The unfortunate reality of partisan politics and Congress’ inability to perform its usual duties has made the budget and appropriations process little more than the legislative version of a Rube Goldberg machine, where even the simplest and least contentious points are complicated by unnecessarily complex hurdles. Read more here. 

August 2017 - Washington is listening — and we’ve got a story to tell

Politics in 2017 has become a full-contact sport. Whether it’s the debate surrounding the future of health care, an ever-evolving policy on immigration or a never-ending stream of analyses related to the 2016 election, there is no lack of story lines spurring partisan political activities and filling the voicemails and email inboxes of policymakers. As the summer churns on and we reach the August recess, when members of Congress leave Washington to spend time in their home districts, opportunities emerge to talk about the issues important to you and to make a difference for your colleagues. Read more here .

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