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Sam Stein

The Scientific Research Community Is Still Freaking Out About Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Months after Congress restored some of the deep spending cuts it had made to scientific research budgets, scientists are warning that th...

Sam Stein

Add To Sequestration's Human Toll 1,000 Fewer Funded Scientists

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The cost of federal budget cuts on scientific research has been measured predominantly in dollar amounts and grants unfunded. To get a s...

Video Urges Congress To Reverse Damaging Trend

AP | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of science, higher education and business organizations concerned about cuts in federal research dollars are hoping a new ...

Arthur Delaney

Budget Cuts Mean 70,000 Fewer Housing Vouchers For The Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Delores Lewis became an expert on mouse traps while living in her last apartment. "I used the sticky, I used the old-fashioned, ...

President's Budget to Propose Building on Murray-Ryan Agreement

Joel Friedman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Joel Friedman

The administration proposal highlights that the funding levels under current law will deprive the nation of worthy investments in such areas as infrastructure, research, and education, and it urges Congress and the nation to evaluate whether the benefits of higher spending in those areas outweigh the costs of cutting certain programs and raising certain revenues.

House Changes to Military Pensions Would Violate Key Principle of Recent Budget Deal

Joel Friedman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Joel Friedman

The House voted yesterday to undo the military pension savings in December's Murray-Ryan budget deal and offset the cost by extending the sequestration budget cuts for mandatory programs by one year, from 2023 to 2024.   That was a mistake. 

US Biomedical Research: We Must Reverse a Decade of Neglect

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

As an HIV physician, I began my career early in the AIDS epidemic. I held my patients' hands as they cried when receiving their diagnosis. And when protease inhibitors were licensed and "triple therapy" became the norm, I could help patients plan how they would live, rather than how they would die.

On Darwin Day, We Honor Science and Scientists

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.31.2014 | Science
Roy Speckhardt

This year's celebration is especially meaningful given the numerous legislative threats that the scientific community faces and the lackluster level of government funding of scientific research.

Investing in Medical Research for the Future of Our Health and Economy Should Be a No-Brainer

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.

We've made irresponsible, irrational budgetary choices when it comes to biomedical research. As a consequence, we're inflicting damage on our biomedical research enterprise that will take years if not decades to repair.

Meals On Wheels Says It's Happy With Budget Deal

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The budget Congress just passed restores funding that was cut away last year from nutrition assistance for poor senior citizens. The ...

Paul Blumenthal

Omnibus Budget Proves That Earmarks Will Never Die

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The practice of earmarking -- that is, steering federal dollars to specific projects or companies -- might be officially banned in Congr...

Sam Stein

Advocates Search For Next Steps After Budget Falls Short On Medical Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Disappointed with the level of funding devoted to biomedical research in the new omnibus spending bill, some lawmakers are already schem...

Michael McAuliff

Hospitals Balk At Being Used As A 'Piggybank' For Jobless Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hospitals are getting angry at being used as a funding source for other priorities, this time to pay for extending emergency unemploymen...

Joy Resmovits

After Months Of Lobbying, Some Hope Emerges For Massive Preschool Push

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

After months of campaigning nationwide, the Obama administration seems poised to secure funding for some pieces of its expensive preschool push, in th...

Sam Stein

The Budget Deal Came Out And The Scientific Research Community Isn't Thrilled

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The scientific research community was left disappointed after lawmakers on Monday night unveiled a new spending bill that only partially...

Negotiators Reach Agreement On $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Negotiators in the U.S. Congress have reached agreement on a $1 trillion spending bill for consideration this week in...

Democrats Just Won, But It's Not Because Of The Budget Deal

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

If the public was angry at the government shutdown and the degree of recklessness displayed by the GOP last time around, their reaction is sure to be even more retributive this time. So go ahead, Mr. Ryan, put your hand in the fire again.

Amanda Terkel

Federal Employee Morale Hits Record Low

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Budget cuts and forced furloughs have taken a toll on federal workers, with job satisfaction at a record low in a new government-wide su...

Sam Stein

Sequestration Victims Happy With A Budget Deal That Relieves A Third Of The Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The umbrella advocacy group representing organizations hurt by sequestration urged lawmakers on Wednesday to accept a two-year budget de...

The Budget Deal: A Dirge for the Unemployed

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Federal workers will be expected to subsidize this deal with an increase in their out-of-pocket pension costs. There will be cuts to Medicare. Airline passengers will pay a new tax. Military retirees -- military retirees -- will see their benefits cut.

Michael McAuliff

Budget Deal Whacks Medicare Providers

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's hard to discern in the budget deal announced Tuesday night, but the bulk of its deficit savings come from fresh cuts to Medicare pr...

Sam Stein

Top Docs Ramp Up Lobbying Campaign To End Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the eve of a potential budget deal that could, for the first time in several years, see an increase in the topline spending of the fe...

Hagel Offers Troops Rare Hope On Defense Budget

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday offered troops a rare glimmer of hope on the department's financia...

Sam Stein

Budget Negotiations Prove That S**t Gets Complicated The Closer A Deal Gets

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Negotiations over a budget framework to fund the government through the next two fiscal years are progressing better than initially expe...

Not at All Conservative

Scott Lilly | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Scott Lilly

For more than a month, the House Republican Conference has largely been able to paper over the deep divide it faces over sequestration. But the old gremlins are beginning to reappear.