Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

June 29, 2015

Edited by Kate Stoll, Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office

Appropriations

The U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees advanced their respective Labor-HHS-Education bills. The House bill includes a $1.1 billion increase for NIH, and the Senate bill includes a $2 billion increase, the highest increase proposed in 12 years. To balance the increases for biomedical research, both bills reduce funding for programs in education and health, among others, prompting a response from the White House.(Sources: Science Insider, White House Office of Management and Budget)

Energy and Environment

The EPA released its climate impact report written with MIT scientists and other experts. The report, “Climate Change in the U.S.—Benefits of Global Action,” summarizes more than 35 peer-reviewed studies to quantify the impacts of climate change if ‘business as usual’ continues.(Sources: LA Times, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change)

Innovation

Over 250 universities, companies, and organizations endorsed “Innovation: An American Imperative,” a document urging federal policy makers to end cuts to federal investment in R&D, make permanent the R&D tax credit, improve STEM education, reform U.S visa policy, streamline regulations, reaffirm merit-based peer review, and further improve advanced manufacturing.Read the letter here. Organizations are encouraged to add their names at this site


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