ASM Urges Congress to Complete Work on FY 2020 Appropriations Bills

Dec. 4, 2019

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Charles Schumer
Minority Leader
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Republican Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

December 4, 2019

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer,

The undersigned organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of individuals and institutions working in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics, urge you to complete work on the fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations bills as soon as possible. The uncertainty created by short and long-term continuing resolutions (CRs) has severe consequences for science and research.

Our community is grateful for the leadership shown earlier this year when the government reached a budget agreement that lifted the restrictive discretionary budget caps in place under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Taking this important step paves the way for meaningful increases to science and research programs and agencies across the federal government in 2020 and beyond. Furthermore, we are encouraged by the strong support from appropriators on both sides of the Capitol and on both sides of the aisle for increasing funding for research and development (R&D) across multiple agencies and programs.

Federal investments provide the lifeblood for research, discovery and innovation in the United States, driving one of the most powerful engines for American prosperity and global leadership. At least two dozen federal agencies fund defense and nondefense R&D. Failing to complete work on the appropriations bills that fuel this engine in a timely manner impedes our ability to address fundamental challenges such as chronic and infectious diseases, food and energy security, cybersecurity and natural disasters—all of which require advancements in science and technology fostered through federal investments.

We call on you to work in a bipartisan manner and without delay to complete work on the FY 2020 spending bills so that we can continue to lead the world in science and innovation and improve the health, security and economic strength of our nation. Our organizations and our members stand ready to work with you toward this goal. Thank you for consideration of our views.

See the full list of undersigned organizations.

Author: ASM Advocacy

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