FASEB Issues e-Action Alert Urging Research Community to Call Congress to End Shutdown
Created by on 10/10/2013

By Jennifer Zeitzer

An e-action alert issued today by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) urges the research community to call their members of Congress to end the government shutdown and fund the nation’s research agencies. FASEB is encouraging everyone to share the alert with their colleagues, families, friends, and neighbors.

Congress needs to hear from people across the country about the importance of resolving the fiscal impasse, restoring funding cuts to science agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to pre-sequestration levels, and passing a fiscal year 2014 budget that sustains the prior investment in research.

The federal government has been closed since October 1, disrupting scientific research at universities and research institutions nationwide. NIH and NSF cannot review or issue new grants to scientists, university researchers collaborating with scientists at the agencies will not be able to communicate with their federal partners, and agency employees cannot participate in conferences or meetings to share research findings. This disruption comes after NIH lost $1.7 billion and NSF was cut by $375 million due to sequestration.

In addition to the e-action alert, FASEB is issuing a press release and running advertisements in newspapers in targeted congressional districts. The Federation has also developed resources to support scientists who are interested in participating in local call-in radio shows.