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Negotiations on FY2021 Budget and COVID-19 Relief Continue

December 16, 2020

On the afternoon of Friday, December 11th, the day that the previous continuing resolution (CR) was set to expire, the Senate approved a one-week CR to keep the federal government open through December 18th. The measure, which extends FY 2020 funding levels, was signed into law by the President, avoiding a government shutdown. Lawmakers claim that the one-week extension is intended to provide the time needed to complete their work on an omnibus for FY 2021 spending bills.

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Senate Releases Budget for FY 2021, CR Expires on December 11

November 12, 2020

With the election behind us, a lame duck Congress will need to return to Washington to finish up the budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021 that started on October 1. The government has been operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that expires on December 11, 2020. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had told reporters Wednesday that he wants a deal on the next coronavirus relief bill by the end of the year. However, the House and Senate are still very far apart

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What the Outcome of the Election Means for Science

November 12, 2020

On Saturday, November 8, President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris addressed the nation, both mentioning the importance of science in their brief remarks. In his transition documents, Biden has identified four priorities: COVID-19, Economic Recovery, Racial Equality, and Climate Change. For each of these priority areas, the administration would be well served to consider what we have learned from the behavioral and cognitive sciences.

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House Hearing on National Disasters Stresses Importance of Communication and Expedited Research

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held “Coping with Compound Crises: Extreme Weather, Social Injustice, and a Global Pandemic“, inviting witnesses Roxane Cohen Silver, FABBS President and Professor of Psychological Science, Medicine, and Public Health, University of California, Irvine and Samantha Montano, a “disasterologist” and Assistant Professor of Emergency Management, Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Environment Subcommittee Chairwoman Mikie Sherill (D-NJ)

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