Category Archives: Legislative Affairs

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

115th Congress Convenes; Senate Introduces Budget Resolution Preserving 2017 Spending Cap; Trump Budget Expected in the Spring; House and Senate Committees Welcome New Members On January 3, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) presided over the opening of the 115th Congress, welcoming more than 60 new legislators to Capitol… Read More »

FASEB analysis: Which political party is better for biomedical research?

Does the National Institutes of Health (NIH) fare better when Democrats or Republicans are in control? An analysis from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) examined the NIH budget over the last 35 years and failed to find a strong correlation between the party in the White House or in control of… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Struggles with Decisions on Government Funding; Cures Legislation Passes House; FASEB-Led Effort Protects Funding for Research Grants Despite three weeks of negotiations, members of Congress are still no closer to reaching an agreement on how to fund the government once the current “continuing resolution” (CR) expires on December 9. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan… Read More »

FASEB president-elect speaks at congressional briefing on impact of CR

On November 29, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) President-Elect Thomas O. Baldwin, PhD, spoke at a Capitol Hill briefing organized by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The event explored the impact that another “continuing resolution” (CR) would have on biomedical research. Dr. Baldwin acknowledged that it is critical… Read More »

FASEB webinar discusses post-election outlook for research funding

On November 16, FASEB hosted a webinar on the effect of the 2016 elections on biological and biomedical research. The session also discussed the funding outlook for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation, and other research agencies during the “lame duck” session of Congress that is currently underway. The archived presentation… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Returns for Lame Duck Session; Uncertain Outlook for Finishing Fiscal Year 2017 Budget; Advocates Urge Support for Proposed $2 Billion Increase for Biomedical Research Members of Congress returned to Washington on November 14 for a “lame duck” session following the surprising results of the 2016 elections. Although legislators have a long list of unfinished… Read More »

FASEB President’s response to the election

On November 9, FASEB President Hudson Freeze, PhD, issued the following statement in response to the 2016 United States presidential election: Many of us were surprised by the results of the presidential election and didn’t foresee the mood of the electorate. One thing, however, is crystal clear: our advocacy on behalf of biomedical research is… Read More »