The Science Coalition sent the following letter to congressional leaders: 

Dear Speaker Ryan and Leaders McConnell, Pelosi and Reid:
On behalf of The Science Coalition, we are writing to express our deep concern about passage of a second short-term continuing resolution in December and urge Congress to instead complete the FY2017 appropriations process this year. The Science Coalition is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization of 60 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in basic scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation and drive America’s global competitiveness.
Continuing resolutions are particularly harmful for research. Budget uncertainty puts ongoing research projects in jeopardy and limits the ability of federal agencies to fund new projects. Given all the work done this year to finalize individual appropriations bills, it is disappointing that a string of continuing resolutions might be the final outcome. Moreover, these bills contained some important proposed increases for science agencies including the National Institutes of Health, NASA’s science program, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, ARPA-E and the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.
Federally funded scientific research is critical to America’s ability to innovate, compete and create jobs.  We strongly urge Congress to complete the FY2017 appropriations process and provide the proposed increases for America’s science enterprise.
Jack Cline
University of Kansas
Science Coalition President
Glynda Becker
Washington State University
Science Coalition Vice President
Alexandra Hermann
Rutgers University
Science Coalition Treasurer
Anna Quider
Northern Illinois University
Science Coalition Secretary
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