Reaction to the Senate’s Healthcare Bill

June 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Senate released the details of its healthcare bill this week and it did not take long for several key healthcare associations to issue statements critical of the proposal. See the links below for specific statements:

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

NIH Funding Roundup

June 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

There have been a huge number of stories related to President Trump’s proposed budget and the impact that it would have on medical research in general and the National Institute of Health’s budget in particular. Here are some of the stories that you might want to check out:

I believe that everyone should be able to access all of the stories linked above, but please let me know (gatwood at uvm dot edu) if any are blocked for some reason.

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus Relaunches

May 15, 2017 at 8:28 am | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The Association of American Medical Colleges released a statement on May 11th announcing the relaunch of the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus. According to the statement, the caucus is “dedicated to maintaining and strengthening our nation’s medical education system and promoting and supporting excellence in physician training, medical research, and patient care.” The caucus is chaired by Representatives Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Phil Roe (R-TN). You can read more about the caucus on this page. Please note that a number of caucus members are from New England and may be good contacts on issues related to NAHSL:

  • Capuano, Mike (D-MA)
  • Courtney, Joe (D-CT)
  • Kennedy, Joe (D-MA)
  • Kuster, Ann McLane (D-NH)
  • Lynch, Stephen (D-MA)
  • McGovern, James (D-MA)
  • Neal, Richard (D-MA)

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

New Budget Boosts NIH Funding

May 2, 2017 at 9:32 am | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Congress passed a budget Sunday night that funds the government through the end of September. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) received a $2 billion increase in the new budget, which was a surprise given the fact that President Trump wanted to cut the organization’s budget by close to $6 billion according to his budget proposal. The increased budget includes provisions for several key research areas, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and precision medicine. The bill also includes $800 million for the Centers for Disease Control to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic. See this article in the Washington Post for a summary of the NIH’s new budget.

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

Update on the Register of Copyright Debate

May 1, 2017 at 8:39 am | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The House has passed the “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act” which strips the power of the Librarian of Congress to select the Register of Copyrights and transfers it to the President. The Copyright Alliance continues to oppose this bill and is encouraging people to contact their representatives about it. You can find a link to the bill, a statement by ALA President-Elect James Neal, and more information in this press release.

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

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