Biomedical Research Legislation
This page provides summaries of legislation proposed in the 116th Congress affecting biomedical research policy. This page will be updated as relevant legislation is introduced.
Securing American Science and Technology Act of 2019 (H.R. 3038)
- The legislation was introduced by Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) on 5/30/19 and was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, & Technology and the Committee on Armed Services.
- The bill aims to establish an interagency governmental working group to coordinate activities and develop policy guidance to protect federally funded research and development from foreign interference. A representative from NIH would be included in the working group.
Liver Illness Visibility, Education, and Research Act of 2019 (H.R. 3016)
- The legislation was introduced by Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) on 5/23/19; it was also introduced in the 115th Congress by Rep. Velazquez. The bill was referred to the Committee on Energy & Commerce.
- The bill includes provisions directed toward NCI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases aimed at expanding research and public education efforts regarding liver cancer and other liver disease. The section of the bill directed toward NCI includes the following provisions:
- Directs NCI to expand and intensify research on the etiology of liver cancer; clinical research related to liver cancer prevention, detection, and treatment; liver cancer control research, including a focus on underserved populations; and related public education efforts.
- Directs NCI to issue targeted calls for liver cancer research proposals and establish a special emphasis panel to review such proposals.
- Directs NCI to establish an inter-Institute working group to focus on liver cancer and related diseases, including Hepatitis B.
Combatting Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019 (H.R. 36, S. 1067)
- The legislation was introduced by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) on 1/3/19 in the House and Sen. Kamala Harris on 4/8/19 in the Senate.
- The legislation would direct the National Science Foundation to fund research grants regarding sexual harassment in the science/STEM fields.
- The bill also directs the Office of Science and Technology Policy to convene an interagency working group on the issue, which would include NIH representation.