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Unfinished Business Awaits Congress in 2018

January 9, 2018

Congress returned to Washington, DC on January 3rd with a long list of unfinished business—especially as it relates to the federal budget. On December 21, Congress passed, and the President subsequently signed, H.R. 1370, a continuing resolution (CR), to fund the federal government through January 19, 2018. This was the third CR since the start of the fiscal year on October 1, 2017, and it is likely Congress and the Administration will need to agree on the terms of a fourth

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Legislation to Implement Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking’s Recommendations Passes House

November 16, 2017

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) continued their bipartisan collaboration to ensure “rigorous evidence is used to inform and shape public policy at all levels, from Congress to our executive agencies.” To achieve this goal, Ryan and Murray introduced legislation, The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policy Making Act of 2017 (H.R. 4174 and S. 2046), in their respective chambers on October 31st. The legislation was on the fast track, and on November

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Early Career Impact Scholars Share Research Contributions on Capitol Hill

November 15, 2017

FABBS, with support from SAGE Publishing, hosted a Congressional Briefing, Research Contributions of Early Career Investigators in the Sciences of the Mind, Brain, and Behavior, on November 7th. The educational event featured five scientists who were nominated by their professional societies to receive a FABBS Early Career Impact Award. The talks were:

Gene-Environmental Influences on Brain and Behavior – Alexandra Burt, PhD (Michigan State University, Society for

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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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