Wednesday, 07 February 2018 12:13

ASM Signs on to Letter Urging Increased Science Funding

February 6, 2018





The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Charles Schumer
Senate Minority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Leader
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, and Leader Pelosi:

The 95 undersigned businesses, scientific and engineering societies, and universities – each a fundamental
part of the U.S. innovation ecosystem driving American economic growth and job creation – urge you to
reach a bipartisan budget deal that raises the harmful sequestration level budget caps for both defense and
non-defense programs. We further urge you to make investments in science and engineering research a
top priority when allocating additional funding by increasing the 302(b) allocations for the Commerce,
Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) and Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies
(E&W) Appropriations Subcommittees and increasing funding for Department of Defense (DOD) science
and technology accounts.

Additional funding is critical for these subcommittees – along with a strong allocation for Defense – to
ensure appropriators can make strategic investments in scientific research at DOD; the Department of
Energy; NASA; the National Science Foundation (NSF); and the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) in FY 2018 and set a strong course for the rapidly approaching FY 2019
appropriations process.

Robust and sustained federal investment in scientific research is essential to strengthening our economic
and national security. These investments support advanced training for students at U.S. universities and
national laboratories whom businesses actively recruit for high-quality American jobs. Federally funded
scientific research both at DOD and civilian agencies such as NSF and NIST, also ensures our warfighters
and defense systems are well protected and equipped with the most advanced technical capabilities to
fight and win the wars of the future – both real world and virtual conflicts.

America’s leadership is being tested and a renewed commitment to innovation is urgently needed.
Previously unrivaled, the U.S. innovation ecosystem has driven our country’s economic strength and
global leadership for more than 50 years, but today our international competitors are taking pages from
the American playbook and investing in their domestic innovation ecosystems. According to NSF’s 2018
Science and Engineering Indicators report, “U.S. global share of [science and technology] activities is
declining as other nations—especially China—continue to rise.”

While we appreciate the budget pressures Congress faces, federal funding for scientific research is an
investment in the American economy and domestic workforce that will pay dividends for years to come –
helping to ensure the industries and jobs of tomorrow are created right here at home.

We urge Congress to seize this moment to strike a bipartisan, bicameral budget agreement that raises the
harmful sequestration-level spending caps on both defense and non-defense spending and to prioritize
increasing the 302(b) allocations for CJS and E&W and grow the DOD science and technology accounts
to enable strategic new investments in science and engineering research.

View all signees of the letter urging increased 302b allocations for science research here.