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  • icon-advocacy-news May 5, 2016 New AHRQ Director Chosen
    The Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), has selected Dr. Andrew Bindman as new Director  The Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), has selected Dr. Andrew Bindman as the new Director; he assumed his post on May 2nd.  Previously, Bindman worked as a doctor at San Francisco General Hospital, advised HHS and CMS on improvements to data analytics for Medicaid, and served as an RWJF…
  • icon-advocacy-news May 5, 2016 Senate HELP Committee Moves Forward with Companion Legislation to 21st Century Cures
    The Senate HELP committee has approved the final biomedical innovation bills that form its counterpart to the Cures Act.  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has since February been working on a companion bill to the House-approved 21st Century Cures bill.  The committee approved the final biomedical innovation bills that form its counterpart to the Cures Act.  Togeth…
  • icon-advocacy-news April 18, 2016 Senate Health Committee Approves Last of 19 Bipartisan Bills, Completing Work on Companion to House-Passed 21st Century Cures Act
    Senate Committee moving forward companion to House 21st Century Cures Act with the approval of 19 pieces of bipartisan legislation making full-Senate consideration likely.  Following a successful, bipartisan committee process and approval of the last of 19 bipartisan pieces of legislation that will become the Senate companion to the 21st Century Cures Act – passed last year by the House of Re…
  • icon-advocacy-news March 9, 2016 National Biomedical Research Act Introduced
    New legislation to increase funding for targeted biomedical research initiatives  Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led by Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Patty Murray (Wash.), March 3 introduced the National Biomedical Research Act (S. 2624) to increase funding for targeted biomedical research initiatives through a new, reliable funding stream …
  • icon-advocacy-news March 9, 2016 New FDA Commissioner Presents Priorities to Legislators
    Strong workforce and science-based decision making are key issues for new FDA Commissioner  On March 4, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee listened to Dr. Califf’s first testimony as FDA Commissioner. The hearing was short, lasting only 45 minutes, because of scheduled Senate votes but Dr. Califf made clear that he had two priorities: building a strong, professional, well-supported FDA wo…
  • icon-advocacy-news February 26, 2016 President Obama Releases Final Budget Request
    Obama’s final budget request brings mixed news for science agencies  On February 9th the president released his final budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget. The administration proposes $4.23 trillion in budget authority and $3.64 trillion in revenue for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The administration projects $4.15 trillion in actual spending (outlays) in FY 2017, resulting i…
  • icon-advocacy-news February 26, 2016 Health Agencies Release Spending Plans
    Federal health agencies, including NIH, CDC, AHRQ and HRSA, have begun to release their FY 2016 "spend plans" National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Operating Plan  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Operating Plan  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Operating Plan  Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)- Operating Plan 
  • icon-advocacy-news February 26, 2016 Legislative Update: February 23, 2016
    Research sciences are high priority in budget and appropriations talks  House Republicans Clash Over Budget Response and Look Ahead to Appropriations Process:  House GOP conservatives continue to balk at the budget framework negotiated last year by former Speaker John Boehner and Democrats, and are threatening to vote against the budget resolution unless it cuts $30 billion from agreed-upon sp…
  • icon-advocacy-news February 9, 2016 Legislative Update: February 9, 2016
      Legislative Update: POTUS budget released Feb.9th; House Speaker still intent on regular order; Mandatory funding  Members of Congress will turn their attention to fiscal year (FY) 2017 when President Barack Obama sends his proposed budget to Capitol Hill on February 9. The administration's request is expected to include more details about initiatives for federal agencies next y…
  • icon-advocacy-news January 8, 2016 Legislative Update: January 8, 2016
      Congress is back; House Passes Reconciliation; POTUS’s Last Budget Request Projected to be released (one week late) According to a tweet posted by OMB Director Shaun Donovan today, the President's budget request, the last of his administration should be released on February 9th; that makes the budget about a week and a day late, according to the statutory deadline (it requires the president subm…
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