Congress Blocks Ideologues From Health Agencies
Maybe President Bush still had a New Year's hangover when he signed this particular appropriations bill into law on January 3rd. The bill funding the Health and Human Services Agency contained a tiny rider (compliments of Sen. Durbin of Ill.) that means agencies like the FDA, NIH, and CDC may actually get back to using science to protect public health. The rider says that political ideology can't be a hiring criteria, and that sins of scientific omission and commission in the service of political goals will not be tolerated. The Union of Concerned Scientists breaks the news here.