Jul 30, 2008 Views: 1308
NIH Funding Woes
Like most young faculty today, I am particularly concerned with the current funding levels of NIH grants in the US. Today I got this in the mail from AAAS (Science Magazine).
"Despite earlier reports that the Senate Appropriations Committee would consider a second fiscal year 2008 supplemental on July 24-with the likely inclusion of $500 million for the National Institutes of Health-Senate Appropriations chief Robert Byrd (D-WV) postponed that day's markups because of "the uncertainty in how the oil and gas drilling issue is currently playing out on the Senate floor." He then announced that the supplemental would have to wait until September for further discussion. This week the House plans to take up the FY 2009 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill and the House Appropriations defense panel is set to mark up its bill. As reported previously, Congress will not consider most appropriations bills until after the November elections." - AAAS Newsletter July 30, 2008.
My brain cant really understand why "oil and gas drilling " issues are more important than finding a cure for diabetes or cancer. It seems thought that producing gas 10 years down the road is much more important to your Congresspeople and President than saving peoples lives. Its a pretty depressing if you think about it.