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Congress appears to be on track for another major standoff with President Bush. The Washington Post reports today that the House and Senate have reconciled their differing versions of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP) expansion and will be voting on it this coming week (Tuesday in the House, Thursday in the…

Via A Blog Around the Clock comes news that the Senate will be voting on mandatory public access to NIH research later this month (on September 28, apparently). Such a bill has already passed the House (in July 2007). The Alliance for Taxpayer Access is urging citizens to contact their Senators in support of this…

After the House passed its expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program on Wednesday, the Senate passed its version late Thursday. Although the House version passed along party lines, against strong Republican opposition, the Senate version enjoyed more bipartisan support, passing 68-31 (although all 31 “no” votes came from Republicans, with no Democrats voting against…

House Passes CHIP Expansion

Here’s some good news from Congress, where the House of Representatives yesterday passed HR 3162, the Children’s Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007. This is the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP or SCHIP) that I’ve been blogging about recently. For more information on CHIP check out these previous entries. CHIP…

In my post earlier today, I stressed the need for the NIH to mandate open access to research publications supported by its funding: As the largest supporter of biomedical research in the US, the NIH has a special obligation to make sure that its (taxpayer funded!) research is published in the public domain. Since May…

Take Action on CHIP!

As I’ve mentioned previously, the Senate Finance Committee is considering a $35 billion expansion to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP), which is currently scheduled to expire in September. Incredibly enough, President Bush has already declared that he will veto such a bill. This is the same president who, just a year…

Last week I mentioned an upcoming hearing by the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to “Examine Allegations of Political Interference with Government Climate Change Science.” The hearing happened on Monday (19 March), and it even got a bit of media coverage in the process. The testimony of the witnesses can be downloaded here.…

First, the good news, though. Phil Plait (of the Bad Astronomy Blog) reports today at The Huffington Post that the House just passed HR 985, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. As he notes, scientists have plenty of reasons to be happy about this: Scientists in government agencies (NASA, NOAA, FDA, etc), laboring for years under…

(See update here.) The Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform–chaired by Henry Waxman–will hold part two of its “Hearing to Examine Allegations of Political Interference with Government Climate Change Science” on Monday, 19 March, at 10:00 am EST. The full witness list is supposed to be made available later today (Update: It looks like…

One of the primary goals of Congress since the Democrats’ stunning November 2006 election victory has been restoring federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. President Bush first imposed the restrictions on embryonic stem cell research in August 2001. After the House voted in May 2005 to overturn these restrictions, the Republican Senate stalled for…