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The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the largest single life science Society with more than 37,000 members, is writing to urge you to adopt a Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget that will increase federal funding for innovative basic research and public health programs to the highest level possible.
The Budget Conference Committee is a critical opportunity to reach agreement on an FY 2014 discretionary budget that replaces sequestration and invests in research, public health and innovation programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy, Office of Science (DOE), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Defense (DOD), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the Committee considers deficit reduction strategies and spending levels, we urge the Budget Committee to prioritize and strengthen funding for scientific research and public health programs.
Scientific research and public health programs have been seriously reduced as the result of the Budget Control Act and the impact of sequestration. We urge the Committee to restore sequestration funding that was cut from research programs, to replace or find alternatives to future sequestration and to devise a long-term strategy to ensure that federally funded research programs receive the necessary funding to continue their essential contribution to the growth of the Nation’s economy and to ensuring public health and national security. Constraining discretionary funding for research programs will adversely affect the ability of the Nation to improve public health and economic recovery. For example:
Scientific research generates economic benefits for the Nation by creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. The research and development and training of the next generation of scientists at the Nation’s educational institutions are the foundation for economic prosperity, global competitiveness and national security.
The caps on discretionary funding in the Budget Control Act of 2011 place limits on annual appropriations through 2021 which will inevitably result in an alarming decline in funding for research and public health programs. These cuts will have profoundly adverse consequences in the near and long term for science and public health in the United States and jeopardizes our standing as the world leader in innovative basic research. The ASM strongly urges the Budget Committee to ensure that fiscal policies strengthen, not decrease, the Nation’s scientific and public health programs.
The ASM stands ready to assist Congress and to respond to any questions. Thank you for your consideration.
Jeffery Miller, Ph.D., President, ASM
Ronald M. Atlas, Ph.D., Chair, Public and Scientific Affairs Board