The Road Ahead

16 November 2016
AGU Science Policy Alert 16-12

The election is over! While the election brought many surprises, it also brought a renewed national interest in engaging in the policy process. We encourage you to share this Science Policy Alert with your colleagues and encourage them to sign-up for future SPAs. Check out our Bridge blog for a statement from AGU Executive Director/CEO Christine McEntee on the election as well as our upcoming pieces on President-elect Trump’s science policy stance and the outlook for the 115th Congress.

The election is over, but the 114th Congress still has not passed the bills that will fund the government for fiscal year 2017 (FY17). As you’ll recall, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) in September that kept the government funded at FY16 levels through the election. That CR is now set to expire on 9 December 2016, although some in Congress are talking about passing another CR extending the deadline to when President-Elect Trump takes office.

Either way, it is now more important than ever for scientists to remind Congress that strong, stable science funding is critical for our nation. Without funding for FY17, the scientists who work for all of us at our federal agencies cannot award new research grants, plan for new missions, or shepherd their budgets appropriately. Write your legislator today and tell them that our nation’s scientific enterprise depends on Congress finishing the FY17 appropriations bills quickly.

 

Ways to Get Involved with Science Policy:

How to Effectively Engage the New Congress and Administration
Check out our recorded webinar, entitled “How Elections Affect the Geosciences: Navigating New Leadership,” to learn more about the presidential transition process and how to effectively share the value of your science with your policymakers.

Apply to become a 2017-2018 Congressional Science Fellow
AGU has sponsored fellows for 39 years. Consider joining the 40th class of AGU science policy fellows. Apply now. The application closes 1 February 2017.

Help us Plan for 2017
What are the tools and resources you need to better advocate for your science? Help us plan for 2017—take a brief survey on potential science policy webinars.