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Social Science news bulletin

Washington and Social Science: Paring the Education Department?

As details emerged on March 11 about the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget, it became increasingly clear that science funding would once again be targeted for significant spending cuts. But a new target also emerged – federal spending on education.

8 months ago
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Social Science news bulletin

Washington and Social Science: Shutdown and OSTP Appointment

The House and Senate failed to enact appropriations legislation to fund several federal departments and agencies, and, as a result, the federal government experienced a partial government shutdown effective December 22. But there has been some action – the Senate confirmed the nominations of Kelvin Droegemeier as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Steven Dillingham as director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

11 months ago
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Social Science news bulletin

Washington and Social Science: Might a Wall Shutdown Delay NSF Budget?

The threat by Donald Trump to shutdown the U.S. federal government if he doesn’t see funding for a border wall could delay the 2019 budget for the National Science Foundation, a budget that is expected to include an increase in funding for NSF relative to the current year. Meanwhile, the president has named five new people to the National Science Board,.

1 year ago
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Eddie Bernice Johnson

Washington and Social Science: The Midterms and Science Committees

The change in majority control for the U.S. House of Representatives will change the discussions that have occurred around U.S. social science funding as a party that has been openly skeptical of the value of social and behavioral research will no longer pull the strings on funding science.

1 year ago
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Social Science news bulletin

Washington and Social Science: Rare Accord Seen in Appropriations

For the first time in more than 20 years, Congress enacted into law the annual Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Act prior to the end of the fiscal year and for the first time in more than 10 years it did the same for the Defense Appropriations Act. What it didn’t do is approve the bill that funds the National Science Foundation.

1 year ago
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Social Science news bulletin

Washington and Social Science: NSF Funding Not Part of Fast-Tracked Bills

The US Senate approved a “minibus” appropriations bill that combined the FY19 Defense and Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Acts. The Senate also cleared for the president’s signature the FY19 Defense Authorization Act, and the measure was signed into law on August 13. But the bill that includes NSF funding has gone nowhere.

1 year ago
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Social Science news bulletin

Washington and Social Science: Will a Wall Derail Budget Train?

The U.S. Congress is focused on passing its suite of appropriations bills — including funding for NSF and the Census — before the end of the current fiscal year, and is further along on that path that has been common in recent years. But a presidential threat to shut down government may upset that plan.

1 year ago
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Social Science news bulletin

Washington and Social Science: Basic Research and Opioid Epidemic

One of the most important issues facing Congress this year is the opioid epidemic that has touched on the lives of so many Americans. On May 17, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved a package of 57 bills designed to address the crisis of health and behavior, and the full House is expected to debate these bills later this month.

2 years ago
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Social Science news bulletin

Washington and Social Science: Could ‘Regular Order’ in Funding Return?

The House approved several financial services measures, the 21st Century IRS Act, the Taxpayer First Act, and the FAA Reauthorization Act. The House also voted on and failed to adopt a balanced budget Constitutional amendment. The Senate voted to confirm several nominations, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

2 years ago
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Social Science news bulletin

Washington and Social Science: Science Chair Still Questions Value

Congress cleared the final fiscal year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, and the president signed the measure into law, narrowly averting another government shutdown. The House and Senate approved separate several financial services bills related to the Dodd-Frank Act. The House also approved several regulatory relief bills, and the “Right to Try” Act. The Senate also approved and cleared for the president’s signature the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act.”

2 years ago
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