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House Science Committee Hears Testimony on COVID-19 Impacts to Research Enterprise

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a Feb. 25 hearing on COVID-19 impacts to the research enterprise and how it can recover.

Secretary-Designate Becerra Appears Before Senate Committees

HHS Secretary-Designate Xavier Becerra, JD, testified in front of two Senate committees this week.

House Labor-HHS Subcommittee Holds Events on Nation’s Public Health Needs

The House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee held two events highlighting the nation’s public health needs.

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Senate HELP Committee Hears Testimony from HHS Nominees

The Senate HELP Committee heard testimony from Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy, MD, and Assistant Secretary for Health nominee Rachel Levine, MD.

House Budget Committee Advances COVID-19 Rescue Package

The House Budget Committee voted on Feb. 22 to advance the American Rescue Plan to the House floor.

Associations Suggest Strategies for More Inclusive Patent and Innovation System

The AAMC, AAU, APLU, and COGR submitted joint comments to the USPTO’s National Council for Expanding American Innovation.

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AAMC Joins Coalition in Support of AHRQ Funding

The AAMC joined the Friends of AHRQ in letters to House and Senate appropriators that recommend at least $500 million for AHRQ in FY 2022.

AAMC, Public Health Groups Urge Public Health Investments

The AAMC joined over 300 public health and health organizations in urging Congress to provide significant, long-term investments in the CDC.

Sen. Menendez, Rep. Sánchez Introduce President Biden’s Immigration Reform Bill

Rep. Sánchez and Sen. Menendez introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, the immigration reform proposal sent to Congress by President Biden.

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On the Agenda In Washington

Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

Podcast: Racism Under the Microscope

David J. Skorton, MD, looks back at some of the conversations from this past season on “Beyond the White Coat.”