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While Awaiting President’s Budget Request, Congress Advances COVID Relief

White House Budget Update

The first Monday of February has come and gone without a Presidential Budget Request for fiscal year (FY) 2022. This is fairly standard in the first year of a new administration, particularly one that is simultaneously managing other funding bills as well as significant procedural and leadership changes. In addition, White House officials say the work of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been further delayed due to obstructionist behavior from outgoing

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Biden Signs Dozens of EOs in First Weeks as President

February 3, 2021

Since taking office on January 20th, President Biden has issued dozens of Executive Orders (EOs) on a wide range of topics — COVID-19, climate change, criminal detention agencies, to name a few — many revoking EOs issued by the former administration. The full list is on The White House site and in the Federal Registry. Below are several EOs particularly relevant to FABBS members.

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) – This EO established

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FABBS Endorses Bipartisan STEM Legislation

January 21, 2021

House Science Committee Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) have reintroduced four bills that focus on bolstering the STEM workforce. FABBS has endorsed legislation, per the invitation of the Science Committee.

The Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act proposes the National Science Foundation (NSF) create a two-year fellowship program for scientists facing fewer job opportunities in academia because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Congress Kicks Off the 117th Session

January 8, 2021

The U.S. Congress began its 117th session on January 3, 2021, after swearing in new and returning Senators and Representatives. The new Congress faces demands for trillions of dollars in new spending in efforts to address needs of a worsening pandemic and long-term consequences. The outcome of the January 5 election for the two U.S. Senators from Georgia resulted in a chamber split evenly between Republicans and Democrats with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris providing the

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