FASEB PRESIDENT TESTIFIES ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION BUDGET Created by on 03/20/2013
On Thursday, March 21, 2013, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) President Judith S. Bond, PhD, was among a select group invited to testify before the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee led by Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Ranking Member Chaka Fattah (D-PA). In her testimony, Dr. Bond requested a minimum fiscal year 2014 appropriation of $7.4 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), citing the its unique mission to support basic research and education across all disciplines of science and engineering. She also noted that the bipartisan America Competes Act of 2007 and the Competes reauthorization of 2011 called for a doubling of the NSF budget.
As one of only a handful of organizational representatives testifying on behalf of NSF, Dr. Bond spoke at length about recent examples of outstanding NSF-funded research and the Foundation’s crucial role in nurturing the next generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. The themes of maintaining global leadership in innovation and enabling discovery-based economic growth were prominently featured in her remarks. Dr. Bond also reminded the Subcommittee of the critical investments the nation has made through NSF-supported research and the resources needed to maintain the capacity of the research enterprise.
Chairman Wolf responded that NSF, and the other programs funded through the discretionary budget, would “continue to be squeezed” until Congress and the President could reach a “grand bargain” to address the nation’s immediate and long-term fiscal challenges. He then reiterated his support for NSF and thanked Dr. Bond for her thoughtful testimony.
FASEB President Judith S. Bond, PhD, urges the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to provide at least $7.4 billion for the National Science Foundation at a March 21st hearing in Washington, DC.