ASCB fights to protect H1-B Visas; Science funding faring better in Congress than in the Trump budget

Public Policy Briefing ASCB fights to protect H1-B Visas Since taking office, the Trump Administration has agitated for immigration reform, even launching the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order in April to encourage the U.S. government and private companies to favor American produts and workers.  … Read more

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Marchers raise your hands!; ASCB leadership visits capitol hill; FY18 budget proposal calls for massive cuts to NIH, NSF

Marchers Raise Your Hands! Even before the individual March for Science marches were finished, everyone was asking the same question: “How many people are here?” The organizers of the March allowed time to use the best science available to come up with an estimate for  … Read more

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Congress sets its own NIH budget, ignoring proposals from two administrations

When the FY17 budget for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) was signed into law on May 5, 2017, six months behind schedule, it was noteworthy for at least two reasons. First, the budget was increased by $2 billion for the second year in  … Read more

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Trump Budget Would be Catastrophic for NIH; Better Never Than Late

It’s hard to settle on one word to define the size of the cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) contained in the Trump Administration’s FY18 budget proposal: huge, unprecedented, jaw-dropping, catastrophic. Words defining the impact of the cuts on the American biomedical research  … Read more

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March for Science; Will Science Prevail at HHS?; ASCB Opposes Travel Restrictions

The World Marches for Science The numbers are impressive: more than 300 marches around the world, 239 marches in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 400,000 Facebook followers. The March for Science, being held on April 22, 2017, began as a Reddit  … Read more

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Scientists and Patients Benefit from a Novel Approach to Legislating

Congress gets criticized for many things, but sometimes it gets things right and should be complimented. One of the times it got things right was the way it approached legislation to revamp the U.S. drug discovery process. In 2014, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) realized that  … Read more

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ASCB Ensures Access to Conferences for Federal Scientists

Otto von Bismarck is reported to have said, “Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.” While it is likely that Bismarck was referring to the contents of laws and the process by which they were made, the time it  … Read more

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The Year of Two Budgets

It’s supposed to be simple: The federal budget year ends on September 30 each year. By that time, Congress is supposed to have passed the 12 appropriations bills that make up the federal budget so the next federal fiscal year can begin on October 1.  … Read more

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Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus

Louis Staudt, Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute, gave a presentation at the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus.  His talk was entitled “Cancer Genome Project Offers New Hope for Aggressive Lymphoma.” Arturo Vegas, Boston University, gave a presentation entitled “Are We Close to  … Read more

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ASCB Presents Public Service Award to Richard Durbin, Architect of American Cures Act

The architect of the American Cures Act, U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), was presented with the ASCB Public Service Award on September 20 by Connie Lee, Chair of ASCB’s Public Policy Committee, and Erika Shugart, the Executive Director of the ASCB, for his unwavering  … Read more

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