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  • icon-advocacy-statement November 17, 2017 ASPET joins with 15 veteran, military, scientific, and medical organizations to defend canine research at the VA
    ASPET signed onto a letter today to Chairmen Frelinghuysen and Cochran in opposition to efforts to defund research with canines at the VA.
  • icon-advocacy-statement November 8, 2017 ASPET and the research community call on Congress to raise spending caps in FY 2018
    ASPET signed on to a letter with the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research calling on congressional leadership to reach an agreement for NIH funding.
  • icon-advocacy-statement August 24, 2017 ASPET Joins 109 National Organizations in Response to Proposed Cuts to Facilities and Administrative Expenses
    ASPET recently signed onto a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and HHS Secretary Tom Price expressing concerns about the administration's FY 18 funding proposal on NIH.
  • icon-advocacy-news December 8, 2016 21st Century Cures Act Ready for POTUS After Senate Passage
      The Senate followed the House in in an overwhelming  94-5 vote in support of the 21st Century Cures Act.  According to The Hill, it is expected to be signed into law by the President very quickly. Passage of the Act is considered a victory for biomedical researchers, pharmaceutical companies and patients. In addition to mental health and opioid addiction aid and provisions af…
  • icon-advocacy-news December 7, 2016 House GOP Introduces CR to Prevent Government Shutdown
      House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers has introduced short-term CR (H.R. 2028) to prevent a government shutdown and continue funding for federal programs and services until April 28, 2017. The legislation also contains funding for emergency disaster relief. Chairman Rogers gave the following statement on the introduction of this CR: “This Continuing Resolution is the necessary step for a…
  • icon-advocacy-news December 1, 2016 U.S. House of Representatives Approves 21st Century Cures; Bill Heads to Senate
      The House on November 30 approved the 21st Century Cures Act , 392-26, amended by a Manager’s Amendment submitted by House Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-Mich.). While the Manager’s Amendment modifies slightly the allocation of funding in the NIH Innovation Account on an annual basis, it maintains the overall level of funding in the Account at a total of $4.796 billion between FYs…
  • icon-advocacy-news November 11, 2016 DelBene Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging $2 Billion Boost for NIH
      More than 160 House members signed the bipartisan letter urging congressional leaders to prioritize biomedical research by increasing funding for NIH.  Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) led more than 160 House members in urging the House Appropriations Committee to fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at no less than $34 billion in any forthcoming appropriations legislation. The bipart…
  • icon-advocacy-statement November 10, 2016 ASPET Joins Research Community in Letter to Congress Urging Support for NIH Funding
    In a November 2 letter, ASPET joined the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research in a letter urging House and Senate leaders, by the end of the calendar year, to include at least $34.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in a final FY 2017 spending package and to pass medical innovation legislation that includes a supplemental multi-year Innovation Fund to  provide targeted investm…
  • icon-advocacy-statement November 10, 2016 ASPET Leads Advocacy Efforts in Urging Congress to Pass Omnibus Spending Bill in Lame Duck Session
    ASPET President David Sibley sent a letter this week on behalf of ASPET membership  thanking Congress for their efforts in championing sustained, real growth in medical research funding, and to urge passage of appropriations legislation following the November 8 election.  The letter asserts that current short-term Continuing Resolution providing temporary funding for government programs is o…
  • icon-advocacy-news November 8, 2016 NIH Issues Guidance Regarding NRSA Stipend Adjustments and Availability of One-time Supplements
      Today NIH issued a notice regarding the adjustment to stipend levels for postdoctoral trainees and fellows supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSAs). This notice reiterates the stipend increases to ensure compliance with the updated minimum salary per the Fair Labor Standards Act. More importantly, the notice indicates the process by which institutions and ind…

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