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  • 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…
  • icon-advocacy-testimony October 31, 2016 ASPET Submits Testimony to Congress on the Importance of NIH Funding in the FY 2017 Appropriations Cycle
      The House and Senate appropriations committees recently solicited testimony on funding priorities from stakeholder organizations as they begin their work on the FY 2017 budget for the federal science agencies. ASPET has responded with statements to the appropriations subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services,  and Related Agencies (LHHS) in both the House and the Senate. The testimony ou…
  • icon-advocacy-news October 28, 2016 President Obama Hosts Science and Technology Summit
      On October 13, President Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference, which featured several speakers and exhibits highlighting the future of innovation in science and technology. The President also wrote an accompanying piece for Wired magazine describing his optimism for the future of technology and innovation. Moreover, the White House released a fact sheet highlighting $300 million in …
  • icon-advocacy-news October 28, 2016 Vice President Joe Biden Releases Cancer Moonshot Report
      Vice President Joe Biden released a report from the Cancer Moonshot Task Force this week. As CQ reports, "the report highlights goals to accelerate the development of cures, including more widespread sharing of data and faster research and approval timelines for new treatments." The report outlines the administration's accomplishments during the last year and the initiative's goals for 2017 and …
  • icon-advocacy-news October 11, 2016 NIH Announces Guidelines for Operations Under CR
      Last week, NIH released an announcement regarding its operations under the Continuing Resolution. As in prior years, this announcement indicates that grants will be funded up to 90 percent of the committed level indicated in the notice of award. Additional details are available on the NIH's site. Last updated: October 11, 2016 
  • icon-advocacy-news September 29, 2016 Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown
      With a House vote of 342-85 , Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund federal agencies until December 9, avoiding a government shutdown. The Senate had earlier voted 72-26 in favor of a 10 week CR. The CR (HR 5325), is a “clean” funding bill that funds the government at the FY 2017 top-line level of $1.067 trillion minus a 0.5 percent across-the-board that is necessary t…
  • icon-advocacy-statement September 27, 2016 ASPET Urges Congress to Pass Short-term CR and Pass FY2017 Spending Package by Year End
      With only days left in the fiscal year, ASPET has urged Congress to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open.  Also asserted in the letter is language praising legislators for their investment in biomedical research, which was evident in the appropriations process, where the Senate Committee-approved $34.1 billion for NIH. A short term CR would provide an imm…
Last Updated: September 20, 2017

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