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Continuing Resolution Expected to Keep Government Open Until November 21 and Senate Appropriations Activity

September 25, 2019

At press time, the Senate was poised to pass a continuing resolution (CR) (H.R. 4378) to keep the government open and avoid a government shutdown. The House of Representatives voted (301-123) last week to pass the CR  and the President is expected to sign it.

While certainly critical to keep the government open, the CR maintains current spending levels and conditions until November 21. These levels are a five percent cut from the budget deal (H.R. 3877) signed into

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Demonstrating Research on Cognitive Functioning in Virtual Reality to Lawmakers

September 25, 2019

At the Coalition for Health Funding Public Health Fair, FABBS partnered with our member society, the American Psychological Association (APA), to showcase the innovative work of two University of Iowa researchers. Dr. Jodie Plumert, a psychologist, in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Kearney, a computer scientist, use virtual reality to study child pedestrian and bike safety – risk free.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) put on the virtual reality headset,

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Congress is Back in Session for a Busy September

September 11, 2019

Congress returned to Washington, DC after a summer recess. Shortly before leaving town, Congress had passed an agreement to lift the unworkable budget caps put into place back in 2011, paving the way for a busy September.

The House has already passed 10 of the 12 appropriations bills. The Senate, on the other hand, had announced their plans to move four appropriations bills each week. The subcommittee scheduled mark-ups for Labor Health and Human Services (LHHS), the

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Golden Goose Honors Basic Science that Ultimately Transforms our Lives

September 11, 2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science hosted the 8th Annual Golden Goose Awards. This award honors federally-funded research that may have at first seemed “silly”, frivolous, or obscure, but have led to breakthroughs with lasting and broad impact. FABBS was a sponsor for this well-attended event, held at the Library of Congress.

Representatives Davis, Bonamici, Foster, and Tonko

In past years, The Golden Goose Awards has honored former FABBS

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