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Belt-Tightening Time?

Republicans in the US House of Representatives announced a new budget proposal that cuts the federal budget, including federal science funding, by $74 billion, reports Nature's The Great Beyond blog. House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) then specific how much each subcommittee would have to cut from its budget; the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee would have to cut 4 percent of its budget. "We are going go line by line to weed out and eliminate unnecessary, wasteful, or excess spending — and produce legislation that will represent the largest series of spending reductions in the history of Congress," says Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House budget committee chair, in a statement.

However, Barry Toiv, the spokesperson for the Association of American Universities, tells the Chronicle for Higher Education that "these allocations pose a serious threat to science and higher education."

In the State of the Union and other speeches, President Barack Obama has called for investment into scientific research. This new budget proposal makes "clear the huge challenge confronting President Obama and his pledge to largely spare scientific research from the overall need for deep budget reductions," the Chronicle notes.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge is weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.