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FY 2018 Federal Funding Set, but Work Continues on NIH Clinical Trials

March 28, 2018

The omnibus bill to fund the federal government in FY 2018 was signed into law on Friday, March 23, 2018. The two-year budget deal reached on February 9, 2018,  increased spending caps for both defense and nondefense in the budget, making it easier to get the FY 2018 bills over the finish line. Still, it wasn’t easy, and took almost six months into the fiscal year to complete.

The $1.3 trillion omnibus, over 2200 pages in length, included all twelve annual spending

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Challenges Remain for NSF Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences in FY 2019

March 28, 2018

The House Committee on Space, Science and Technology (SST) held a hearing on March 16, 2018, to review the Administration’s 2019 fiscal year budget proposal for the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Witnesses present at the hearing included Dr. France Cordova, Director of the NSF; Dr. Maria T. Zuber, Chair of the National Science Board (NSB); and Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, CEO of the NSF.

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and other Republican members of the committee stated

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Budget Deals, Side Deals, and An Addendum: The Confusing State of Federal Science Funding

February 20, 2018

As Congressional leaders geared up to pass a fifth Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government funded in a fiscal year that began almost 6 months ago, there was increased enthusiasm that a budget deal to lift the sequestration level spending caps was possible. A deal was finally reached, and science advocates celebrated. Raising the caps meant more wiggle room in the federal budget to fund science agencies and now appropriators could begin the process of completing

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Congress and White House Agree to “Raise the Caps” and Fund the Government

February 16, 2018

In the early hours of February 9, Congress passed and the President into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892).  The bill’s passage, which was preceded by a brief five-hour federal government shutdown, accomplished several important goals.  First, the bill extends current fiscal year (FY) 2018 funding through March 23, giving lawmakers six weeks to negotiate a final FY 2018 omnibus funding measure.  Second, it suspends the debt limit until March 2019. 

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