Science Gets Hit Hard in House Spending Bills

20 July 2017
AGU Science Policy Alert 17-14

House Spending Bills Cut Science

The House Appropriations Committee has completed action on the bills that set spending levels for NASA, NOAA, NSF, USGS, EPA, and the Department of Energy. All of these agencies saw significant cuts to their science portfolios. Read more about each agency’s fiscal year 2018 outlook on our posts on The Bridge blog.

Unlike the President’s budget request, which is merely a recommendation, the House spending bills have the potential to become law. However, there’s still time to act – the Senate has not yet considered all science spending bills and the House has not voted on any spending bills. Write your legislators today and urge them to protect funding for our science agencies.

Will You Advocate for Science?

Take time this August recess to advocate for science by scheduling a meeting with your legislator while they are in their home district. Through the month of August, AGU is providing tips and tools to help you have an effective meeting as part of our District Days campaign. Every Monday from now through August, we will be posting videos on Twitter and Instagram along with relevant resources to help you through every step, including scheduling the meeting, crafting your message, and bringing materials. And, in case you missed it, check out our recent webinar to hear from a peer about meeting with legislators and help jump start your district visits.

D.C.- Area Workshop: How to Talk to Policymakers

Calling all D.C.- area AGU members! Wondering how to ensure your message is effective when engaging with your legislators? Join us at George Mason University as AGU hosts a workshop on communicating your science to policymakers on Friday, 4 August, 9 AM – 5 PM. The workshop is free and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up today! Lunch will be provided.

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD) is 12-13 September. Apply Now!

Join other Earth and space scientists this fall, 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 2017 and then meet with legislators on 13 September. Application deadline: Friday, 11 August!