Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its fiscal year 2023 appropriations bills. The package includes $850 billion in defense spending and $653 billion in non-defense discretionary spending. Given time constraints, the House of Representatives and Senate are unlikely to come to final agreement on fiscal year 2023 appropriations before the mid-term elections. Read more.
CHIPS and Science Act Passes with Bipartisan Support
In an important gain for science, the House of Representatives and Senate have passed competitiveness legislation. Earlier this week, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would increase the amount of semiconductor chips manufactured in the country and authorize increased federal funding for scientific research. Read more.
Biden Administration’s Priorities for FY 2024
The Biden Administration recently released a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies regarding its research and development priorities for fiscal year 2024. The memo lists seven domains to focus on in research and development. Read more.
Members of Congress Urge Biden to Extend Pause on Student Loan Payments
Earlier this week, one hundred Members of Congress sent a letter to President Biden to press for the extension on the pause of student loan payments. Without another extension, student loan borrowers will be expected to resume loan payments. Read more.
Update on Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program
Equal Justice Works and the PSLF Coalition will host a webinar on August 3 on Public Service Loan Forgiveness waiver for higher education employees. To receive this waiver, student borrowers must submit a PSLF form by October 31, 2022. Read more.