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House Democrats Inquire about NIH’s Support of Gun Violence Research; Senate Democrats Urge Program’s Renewal

November 15, 2017

On November 14th, House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr (D-NJ), and Subcommittee on Energy Ranking Member Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), sent a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins to inquire about the agency’s support of gun violence research. Citing the public health impact of gun-related violence as well as a recent report in Science that the NIH has discontinued dedicated funding for the program, Reps.

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Optimism Remains for a Federal Budget Deal

November 15, 2017

With time winding down before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires on December 8th, Washington, DC is abuzz with speculation about how Congress will fund the federal government in Fiscal Year 2018. Already two months into the fiscal year, many Members of Congress on both sides of the political aisle realize that they need to strike a deal to raise the spending caps. Without a deal, appropriators must cut around $5B from Fiscal Year 2017 levels.

Word on the

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House, Senate Seek Increases for NIH; Slightly Lower Levels for IES in Senate

September 21st, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3354 on September 14th, an eight-bill spending package that would provide funding for most of the federal government for FY 2018. Included in the package was the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education bill, which the House Appropriations Committee approved on July 19. The Committee recommended $35.2 billion (a $1.1 billion increase) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $605.3 million for the Institute for

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Funding for NSF Advances in House, but Faces Challenge

September 21st, 2017

On September 14th, the U.S. House passed a package of eight spending bills, including one that would fund the National Science Foundation for FY 2018. The NSF is funded through the Commerce, Justice, Science bill, a bill that was approved by the House Appropriations Committee on July 13th and included in the “octobus” bill that later passed the House.

The House CJS bill that was reported out of Committee provided $7.3 billion for NSF in FY 2018, an amount that is

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