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White House Issues Memo Limiting Federal Agency Training on Diversity

September 24, 2020

The White House Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum on Sept. 4 directing federal agencies to halt any spending on employee training involving “critical race theory,” concepts such as “white privilege,” or the idea the U.S. is an “inherently racist or evil country.” The memo claims that “millions” have been spent on sessions the Trump administration deems tantamount to “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”

The document

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Continuing Resolution Passed in the House, Research Relief Prospects are Hopeful

September 24, 2020

On Tuesday night, after a long day of partisan disagreement around farm aid, nutrition assistance, and timeline, the House voted 359 to 57 to approve a bipartisan continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open until December 11, 2020.

According to the bill summary, the CR would appropriate funding at levels provided in FY 2020, extend the availability of funding for certain multiyear research grants that were interrupted by COVID-19, and expire on

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FABBS Endorses Legislation to Support Early Career Scholars and Provide Research Relief During COVID and Calls for Research on Systemic Racism in Academia

September 10, 2020

On Wednesday, September 9, the Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (HSST) held a hearing on the ‘Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on University Research’. Chaired by Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Ranking Member Jim Baird (R-IN), the hearing featured four university representatives, including a PhD student, articulating the consequences of COVID-19 on innovation, researchers, and students. Members also discussed two

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Congress Highlighting the Value of Behavioral, Social, and Economic Sciences Across Topics

July 9, 2020

Capitol Hill is working tirelessly to address pressing issues such as COVID-19; racism; and balancing international collaboration and security threats while also advancing reauthorization of the National Science Foundation and other perennial priorities. In both chambers, and on both sides of the aisle, members of Congress and witnesses have pointed to the importance of behavior and social science in addressing these priorities.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce

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