Science Research and Education Funded at Flat Levels

24 September 2014
AGU Science Policy Alert 14-11

On 19 September, a Continuing Appropriations Resolution (CR) became law, extending funding at current levels for the federal government through 11 December 2014. The CR was passed instead of individual appropriations bills because the House of Representatives and the Senate could not agree on spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year before the current fiscal year ends on 30 September.

Congress has adjourned for recess through election day (Tuesday, 4 November) and is scheduled to return on 12 November. They will have an estimated 14 days in session to agree on spending levels before the current CR expires. Such a short time frame means it is likely that Congress will pass at least one more CR before they begin work on individual appropriations bills for the 2015 fiscal year.

Between now and when Congress returns, senators and representatives need to hear from you in order to fully understand the important role science plays in fueling American prosperity and innovation. Already, they are being pressured by many other stakeholders to direct funds to non-science programs.

Contact your members of Congress to ask them to support a steady budget for science research funding in FY15 appropriations legislation.