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New Legislation Would Double Basic Research Funding Over 10 Years

On March 23, Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, led by Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), reintroduced the Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act (SALSTA).

The bill would double basic research funding over 10 years at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As written, the bill is framed as a response to

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House Committee Holds Hearing on COVID-19 and Mental Health

On Thursday, March 11, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services held a hearing on “COVID-19 and the Mental Health and Substance Use Crises”.

Members of the Committee heard from four expert witnesses on how the pandemic has affected mental health and substance abuse: Arthur Evans Jr., CEO of the American Psychological Association (a member of FABBS); Dr. Lisa Amaya-Jackson, Co-Director of the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic

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Bipartisan Group Proposes Funding for Research on Mental Health Effects of COVID-19

FABBS is monitoring new legislation recently introduced by a bipartisan and bicameral group of Members of Congress: the COVID-19 Mental Health Research Act. Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Kaine (D-VA) introduced the bill in the Senate, while Representatives Tonko (D-NY) and Katko (R-NY) are sponsoring the House Version.

The bill would direct $100 million annually for five years to the National Institute of Mental Health to fund research on the mental health consequences of the pandemic, with

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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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