Category Archives: Capitol Hill

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Considers another Short Term Spending Agreement; Negotiations Begin on Compromise Tax Bill; FASEB Issues Alert Opposing Graduate Student Tuition Waiver Tax After a short Thanksgiving break, Members of Congress returned to Washington facing several critical year-end deadlines; how to keep federal agencies operating after the current “continuing resolution” (CR) expires on December 8 is… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Appropriators Wait for News on A Budget Deal; FASEB Advocates to Raise the Caps; House and Senate Tax Bills Impact Universities; Trump Nominates New Health Secretary The current “continuing resolution” (CR) that is funding government agencies expires December 8, a date that has not escaped the attention of appropriators, who are anxious for Congressional leaders… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congressional Leadership Begins Conversations about Raising the Budget Caps; Appropriations Committee Hearing Explores Facilities and Administrative Costs With just over a month until the “continuing resolution” (CR) expires on December 8, press reports indicate that congressional leaders have finally begun conversations about raising the Budget Control Act (BCA) spending caps. Increasing the defense and non-defense… Read More »

FASEB President Makes the Case for Science

In two recent publications, Tom Baldwin, PhD, President of FASEB, expressed his opinions about the nature of investigator-driven science and the importance of maintaining U.S. strength in scientific discovery. In a letter published October 19 in Nature, Baldwin took issue with Daniel Sarewitz’s recent commentary in which he described research scientists as disconnected from the… Read More »

FASEB Leaders Advocate Locally to Raise the Caps

FASEB Board members took advantage of the recent congressional recess to meet with representatives at home. The visits emphasized the local impact of federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In addition, the researchers expressed concern that Congress has not agreed on a bipartisan deal to raise… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Appropriations Bills Stall; NIH Announces Funding Policies Under the Continuing Resolution; Bi-Partisan Efforts Continue on Behalf of Biomedical Research With federal agencies funded under a “continuing resolution” (CR) through December 8, Congress is in no rush to reach an agreement on raising the Budget Control Act caps on defense and non-defense spending. Further consideration of… Read More »

FASEB President Joins Rally for Medical Research Hill Day

On September 14, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) President Thomas O. Baldwin, PhD, joined nearly 400 advocates from scientific organizations, patient groups, and research institutions to take part in the Rally for Medical Research Capitol Hill Day. The day-long event, now in its fifth year, was organized to urge Congress to provide… Read More »