Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

March 7, 2015

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

Appropriations

Republican leadership is facing resistance from House conservatives on the topline number for the 2017 budget resolution. Although the Bipartisan Budget Deal passed in October set overall spending to $1.07 trillion, a conservative contingent is demanding greater cuts. These actions are stalling progress on appropriations including those for R&D funding. (Source: Roll Call)

Energy

Secretary of Energy and former MIT Physics Professor, Ernie Moniz, spoke at the MIT Energy Club annual conference on March 4th about the R&D opportunities for low carbon technologies and the climate deal in Paris. (Source: MIT News)

Health

Senate Health Committee Democrats, led by Senators Warren (D-MA), Murray (D-WA), and others released a bill to boost funding for the NIH and FDA. The Senate Committee plans to advance other medical innovation legislation this week in response to to the House’s 21st Century Cures Act, passed last fall. Meanwhile, House and Senate appropriations chairmen, Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), promised to boost the NIH budget by at least $1 billion in FY2017. (Source: Regulatory Affairs)


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