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Budget Update: House Passes Bill that Combines Short Term Funding with Lifting Debt Limit

September 22, 2021

Congress continues to inch closer to a number of key deadlines in the coming weeks. Most importantly, government funding expires on September 30 and the federal debt limit will be reached sometime in October. If Congress fails to pass appropriations and lift the debt limit, the government will shut down and the Treasury will be unable to meet its financial obligations. 

On September 21, the House of Representatives passed a bill combining short-term

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OSTP Issues Pandemic Preparedness Plan

September 22, 2021

On Sept. 2, the Biden administration released American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming Our Capabilities, a $65 billion plan – invested over 10 years-  to address future pandemics. The preparedness strategy includes five main pillars: Transforming our Medical Defenses; Ensuring Situational Awareness; Strengthening Public Health Systems; Building Core Capabilities; Managing the Mission. 

The memo credits the speed of

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Biden’s Budget Release – Federal Funding Implications for Social, Behavioral, and Brain Sciences

On Friday, May 28th, President Biden released his long-awaited fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget request to Congress, expanding on and adding details to an outline released in early April. The budget reflects the administration’s commitment to increase federal investment in research and development across agencies.  

Members of Congress are fond of reminding the public of their ‘power of the purse.’ Nonetheless, the President’s budget request is

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Senate Holds Nomination Hearing for Top White House Science Advisor

Dr. Eric S. Lander, PhD

The U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation met on April 29th to discuss and question Dr. Eric Lander, President Biden’s nominee for Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), recently elevated to a cabinet-level post. Dr. Lander is a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician. He was a principal leader of the international Human Genome Project and was a professor of biology at the Massachusetts

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