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News from FABBS

FABBS reports on items of interest to many communities – scientists, policymakers, and the public. In our news, you will see updates on science funding and policy, articles that translate research for policy, and descriptions of the research contributions of scientists at all stages of their research careers.

House Considering First Minibus – Includes Funding for NIH and IES

June 13, 2019

On Wednesday, June 12, the House of Representatives began consideration of H.R. 2740, a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Education Sciences, agencies important to behavioral and brain scientists. House deliberations are expected to continue into next week and to include a combination of delay tactics, grand standing, and shenanigans.

In a strategy that worked last year to complete budgets before the end of the fiscal year, appropriators

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Administration Announces Joint Committee to Invigorate US Research

May 23, 2019

On May 6, the White House National Science and Technology Council announced the creation of a committee to invigorate US Research, The National Science and Technology Council Joint Committee on Improving Research Environments. The joint committee will be co-chaired by the Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Kelvin Droegemeier, NIH Director Francis Collins, NSF Director France Córdova, as well as the Directors of the National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Legislation Affecting Science: Cannabis Research, STEM Education, Cures and Innovation Acts

May 23, 2019

FABBS continues to track – and weigh in on – legislation affecting our sciences both positively and negatively. Below are several bills of interest not included in our last update on relevant legislation.

FABBS endorsed the Friends of NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) support letter, led by FABBS member, the American Psychological Association, for the newly introduced Cannabidiol and Marijuana Research Expansion Act, which would enable expansion of the scientific

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House Appropriations Committee Approves Increases to NSF Budget and Report Language

May 23, 2019

On May 22, the full House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2020 budget for Commerce, Justice, and Science. The final vote was 30 to 22 along partisan lines.

The House budget for NSF includes a record level $8.64 billion, an increase of $561.14 over the FY19 budget. While members from both parties expressed support for the work of the National Science Foundation and appreciation for the importance of US competitiveness, Ranking Member Granger stated her

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