Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

December 5, 2016

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


The U.S. House is expected to release a continuing resolution to fund the federal government at current levels through the spring, perhaps as late as May, according to congressional staff sources. (Source: The Hill)


The U.S. House approved the 21st Century Cures Act on November 30th by a 392-26 vote. The legislation establishes an “Innovation Fund” of nearly $5 billion over ten years to be used for NIH research programs including the Precision Medicine Initiative, the Cancer Moonshot, and the BRAIN Initiative. The bill would also create a Research Policy Board to reduce regulatory burden and harmonize existing research policies. The bill is expected to advance through the Senate and be signed by the President this week. (Source: Science Insider, NPR)


President-Elect Trump continues to name nominees for agency heads including those relevant to science and engineering. Of note are physician and Representative Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, the parent agency for the National Institutes of Health; and philanthropist Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. (Source: Science Insider, The Atlantic)

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