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Congress Adjourns, Funding Federal Government Through April 2017

On December 9, with only hours remaining before funding for the federal government expired, Congress passed and the President signed, a continuing resolution (CR) (H.R. 2028) extending Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funding through April 28, 2017. The stopgap measure allows Congress to complete work on the FY 2017 spending bills in the 115th Congress, which will convene in January.

With FY 2017 having officially begun on October 1, the CR extends FY 2016 by about seven months. A major disadvantage of

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NSF Reauthorization Bill Advances in Senate

The long-awaited Senate bill to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation and other science agencies was released in late June and greeted with cautious enthusiasm by the science and higher education communities.

S.3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

reaffirms NSF’s merit-based peer review process;
reduces administrative burdens on researchers;
addresses broadening participation of women and minorities in STEM;
and directs the Office of

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Key Funding Bill Moves in U.S. House of Representative

On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee, on a vote of 31-19, reported out the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill.  The bill funds several federal agencies important to FABBS members, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
NIH
The bill boosts the NIH to $33.3 billion in FY 2017—an amount $1.2 billion above the agency’s FY 2016 enacted level and $2.2 billion more than the

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