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APA Science Government Relations News Update:
Sen. Flake responds to APA advocate about federal research funding
Recorded exchange captures controversy over "wastebooks"
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced the release of his latest "wastebook" at a Washington press conference on Jan. 10, 2017. The document - titled "Porkemon Go" - lists what Flake believes to be examples of wasteful government spending, including federally funded research projects.
At the press conference, Pat Kobor of the American Psychological Association's Science Government Relations Office, raised the concern that such wastebooks misrepresent the research supported by the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. Together, Kobor's comments and Flake's response capture much of the current debate surrounding wastebooks - a debate that may become more heated as Congress and the new administration proceed with budget deliberations this year.
Kirk Waldroff | Director of Communications
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