Congress Starts Talking Science & Funding

22 June 2017
AGU Science Policy Alert 17-13

The Administration Heads to Congress to Discuss Its Science Budget

This month, leaders of federal science agencies testified before key Congressional committees  to discuss the FY2018 budget, and the impact the President’s proposed budget cuts will have on each agency. At the the hearings, which focused on NSF, NASA, NOAA, EPA, and DOE funding, support for science was bipartisan.

Both Republicans and Democrats on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies expressed their desire to give robust funding to NSF in the face of the White House proposal to cut its budget by 11%. EPA, which faces a controversial budget cut of 31%, received support from members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, where members criticized the proposed elimination of the agency’s regional environmental programs and the cuts to EPA personnel.

Following these hearings, Congress will begin crafting its FY2018 spending bills. Now is a critical time to weigh in and tell your legislators why these agencies need robust funding, particularly for science programs. Write your legislators today!

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Want to get involved with the legislative process without leaving your hometown? This August, members of Congress will be back in their home districts talking with constituents like YOU and learning about your priorities. This is your opportunity to meet with your legislator and tell them why science is essential to your local community.

Join us for our next webinar, Thursday, 13 July 2017 from 2:00-3:00PM ET, to learn how to schedule a meeting, the best way to craft your message, and what you can do to ensure that your meeting is a success. Register today!

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Join other Earth and space scientists at this fall event to discuss with your legislators the importance of supporting federally-funded geoscience research with your legislators. Participants will attend a half-day workshop on 12 September and then meet with legislators on 13 September 2017. Now accepting applications on a rolling basis!

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