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Science Policy Updates

The Office of Government Relations recently launched the redesigned AAAS Policy Alert, a weekly e-newsletter which provides an inside look at policies affecting science and technology and the S&T community to AAAS members. AAAS members may sign up to receive the alert on their AAAS Profile in the Contact Preferences Section.

Check out a brief preview of a recent issue below:

 

Policy Alert

February 23, 2021

HOUSE VOTE ON COVID-19 PACKAGE EXPECTED THIS WEEK 

The House Budget Committee considered the $1.9 trillion package, dubbed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, on Monday, Feb. 22, and the full House is widely expected to adopt the measure later this week. In addition to the tens of billions of dollars already included for vaccines, testing, surveillance and gene sequencing, ScienceInsider reports that legislators are expected to add $600 million for the National Science Foundation and $150 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Once through the House, the package likely will be scrutinized and revised before a Senate vote.

NEW PRIMER ON FEDERAL R&D TRENDS 

The AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program has released an updated primer on long-term trends in federal R&D funding, including breakdowns of R&D by type, function and performer.