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House Considering First Minibus – Includes Funding for NIH and IES

June 13, 2019

On Wednesday, June 12, the House of Representatives began consideration of H.R. 2740, a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Education Sciences, agencies important to behavioral and brain scientists. House deliberations are expected to continue into next week and to include a combination of delay tactics, grand standing, and shenanigans.

In a strategy that worked last year to complete budgets before the end of the fiscal year, appropriators

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Legislation Affecting Science: Cannabis Research, STEM Education, Cures and Innovation Acts

May 23, 2019

FABBS continues to track – and weigh in on – legislation affecting our sciences both positively and negatively. Below are several bills of interest not included in our last update on relevant legislation.

FABBS endorsed the Friends of NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) support letter, led by FABBS member, the American Psychological Association, for the newly introduced Cannabidiol and Marijuana Research Expansion Act, which would enable expansion of the scientific

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House Appropriations Committee Approves Increases to NSF Budget and Report Language

May 23, 2019

On May 22, the full House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2020 budget for Commerce, Justice, and Science. The final vote was 30 to 22 along partisan lines.

The House budget for NSF includes a record level $8.64 billion, an increase of $561.14 over the FY19 budget. While members from both parties expressed support for the work of the National Science Foundation and appreciation for the importance of US competitiveness, Ranking Member Granger stated her

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Research Is Off to a Good Start in House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

May 9, 2019

As expected, the House Appropriations Committee is moving quickly to mark up appropriations bills. Committee leadership, Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-TX), have said they are determined to work together to avoid another government shutdown this fall. Lowey and Granger helped end the longest government shutdown in history, which they inherited after a spending standoff last year over Trump’s border wall.

Consistent with ambitious goals set

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