WASHINGTON – The Science Coalition (TSC) released the following statement in advance of President Trump’s State of the Union, urging the Administration and Congress to reach agreement on a long-term federal spending proposal:
“The recent, month-long government shutdown hit America’s universities and research agencies especially hard. All told, more than $1.3 billion in fundamental scientific research was put on hold, leaving universities scrambling to keep projects solvent. Its affects are still lingering as federal agencies get back up to speed, with many facing delays for future research projects.
“On February 15 – only 10 days from today – short-term federal funding for these critical agencies will expire, putting American scientific research and innovation in the crosshairs again. We urge the President and Congress to come together to reach a bipartisan agreement on a long-term spending measure that prioritizes federal research investment as quickly as possible.”
About the Science Coalition
Established in 1994, the Science Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. It is 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.