21st Century Cures Act PASSES Senate 94-5 . More than $192 million in lobbying expenses have been spent on the 21st Century Cures Act and other legislative priorities by 58 pharmaceutical companies, 24 device companies and 26 biotech companies, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of lobbying data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee held an investigative oversight meeting with EPA to determine EPA’s role in the "ZEV Investments" portion of the Volkswagen Emissions Cheating Settlement and the potential impacts on the policymaking landscape.
SB3040 provides FY2017 appropriations to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; and related agencies.
Congress returns to work next week for a “lame duck” session to finalize the fiscal year 2017 federal budget, including a proposed $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The appropriations bill that funds the NIH includes many additional subtopics- here we have highlighted the relevant science and technology funding.
Congress creates a new budget for our country every year. This annual congressional budget process is also called the appropriations process. Discretionary budget spending in 2015 equaled $1.1 trillion dollars. 1.18% (or $13.13 billion) went to agriculture and food. 2.67% (or $29.7 billion) went to science. 3.51% (or $39.14 billion) went to energy and environment. 5.93% (or 66.03 billion) went to medicine and health. 6.28% (or 69.98 billion) went to education.
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), have scheduled a joint hearing for Wednesday, November 16. The hearing is entitled, “Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks.”
The House Committee on Natural Resources considers legislation about American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation.