Created by on 09/19/2011

The voices of the scientific community were heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill over the last week as more than 7,500 email messages were sent to members of Congress urging them to increase funding for the federal science agencies in the fiscal year 2012 spending bills. Generated by scientists from across the country, the emails were in response to an e-action alert that FASEB sent to U.S. members of the Federation’s constituent societies. FASEB’s alert was also distributed via Twitter and “re-tweeted” by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, as well as the Executive Director of FasterCures. Other groups that shared the alert with their members include the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology, the Association of Medical School Pharmacology chairs, and the Association of Microbiology and Immunology Chairs.

With the Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled to consider the bill that funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) next week and the new Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction preparing recommendations for how to reduce federal spending by $1.5 trillion, now is a critical time for citizens to speak up. It is important to position federal science agencies along a path of sustainable, predictable growth and to continue to guard NIH, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the Department of Agriculture competitive research programs from budget cuts that would be devastating to scientific progress, lead to the loss of research jobs, and stunt graduate training. We must nurture our research enterprise to capitalize on the knowledge that we have gained and ensure continued progress.

The e-action alert is available on FASEB’s website. To become a member of the Federation’s e-action network and receive important email alerts on major public policy issues, please visit FASEB’s Legislative Action Center.