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Congress

U.S. House Passes Bill Enhancing Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

Westerville, OH, October 12, 2017 ― Jason Rittenberg reports on the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) news blog that the U.S. House this week passed H.R. 2763, which would amend the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs in several significant ways.

Most notably, the bill would extend by five years the “assistance for administrative… costs,” which is used for outreach initiatives and some business and market assistance initiatives across agencies.

The bill would extend or implement other activities within SBIR/STTR, nearly all of which would improve the programs’ ability to support commercialization in parallel with technological development. Continue reading

Eric Hargan Sworn In as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Department

HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan

Washington, DC, October 12, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Eric Hargan has been sworn in as Deputy Secretary.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Hargan to fill the No. 2 position at HHS on October 4, just days after Secretary Tom Price resigned.

The 57-to-38 Senate vote was largely along party lines.  Seven Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) supported the nomination, according to The Hill. Continue reading

U.S. Senators Introduce ‘Startup Act’ to Reauthorize Regional Innovation Strategies, Implement Commercialization Grants

Westerville, OH, October 1, 2017 — The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) reported that U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) along with Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Startup Act on September 28.

The legislation would help regions throughout the country address critical gaps between R&D and economic prosperity.

SSTI has worked with the offices on sections of the bill that reauthorize and expand the Regional Innovation Strategies program and would implement a new commercialization grants program.   Continue reading

Senate Panel Strikes Deal to Extend Children’s Health Program (CHIP) Financing for 5 Years

Washington, DC, September 14, 2017 — Robert Pear reported in The New York Times that U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) on Tuesday announced that they had reached agreement on a plan to prevent the imminent exhaustion of federal funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly known as CHIP.

The current appropriation runs out at the end of this month, and many states will exhaust their allotments of federal money later this year or early next year.

The agreement would provide federal funds for the program for five additional years. Continue reading

NJ Congressional Delegation Requests Rutgers’ Transportation Center Be Designated as Federal Research Center

Washington, DC, September 14, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger that the entire 14-member New Jersey congressional delegation has lined up behind a request to designate Rutgers University’s transportation center as a federal research center.

The designation would bring as much as $14 million in federal funds over five years for the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation and its partners.

The Rutgers center focuses on bridge safety, highway construction and planning, and transportation research and technology. Continue reading

Congress Rejects President’s Proposals to Cut Health NIH Research Funds

Washington, DC, September 12, 2017 — Robert Pear reports in The New York Times that, back in March, when President Donald J. Trump released the first draft of his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, he asked lawmakers for deep cuts to one of their favorite institutions, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — part of a broad reordering of priorities, away from science and social spending, toward defense and border security.

Six months later, Congress has not only rejected the president’s NIH’s proposal, lawmakers from both parties have joined forces to increase spending on biomedical research — and have bragged about it. Continue reading

Senate Appropriators Approve $2 Billion Raise for NIH in 2018

Washington, DC, September 8, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that the U.S. Senate appropriators on September 7 approved a plan that would increase spending for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $2 billion and maintain nearly $300 million in grants for family planning programs that a House committee had sought to eliminate.

The plan would also fund the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by $387 million more than the amount recommended by President Trump’s budget blueprint.

The bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee is perhaps a best-case scenario for boosters of the NIH, family planning advocates, and those fighting the opioid crisis. Continue reading

President to Nominate Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino as U.S. Drug Czar

Rep. Tom Marino

Washington, DC, September 5, 2017 — The White House on Friday announced that President Donald Trump will nominate Congressman Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, to head the the Office of National Drug Control Policy — a position better known as the nation’s drug czar.

In Congress, Marino has worked to expand access to treatment for people struggling with opioid addiction.

The 64-year-old congressman lives outside Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and is a former county prosecutor who served as U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania’s Middle District under President George W. Bush. Continue reading

NIH to Walk Away from $16 Million of NFL Gift for Brain Research

Washington, DC, September 1, 2017The Los Angeles Times reported in July that, five years ago, four months after the suicide of legendary linebacker Junior Seau, the National Football League donated $30 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for brain research.

At the time, the league said its “unrestricted gift” was the largest donation in its history and would help fund a new Sports and Health Research Program to be conducted in collaboration with institutes and centers at the NIH. Continue reading

Congress Faces Deadline to Renew Children’s Health Insurance Program

Washington, DC, August 25, 2017 — Rachel Roubein and Nathaniel Weixel today report in The Hill that Congress is approaching a healthcare deadline with enormous stakes for millions of people — and this time it isn’t about Obamacare.

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which serves 9 million low- and middle-income children, is set to expire at the end of September, setting up a crucial deadline for a Congress already grappling with other high-stakes battle.

The looming deadline for CHIP has been overshadowed by the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare, and lawmakers left town for the summer without addressing the issue. Continue reading