WASHINGTON – The Science Coalition released the following statement after Congress passed a continuing resolution that provides stopgap funding for the federal government, including key research agencies, through December 20:
“This is the second continuing resolution Congress has passed for fiscal year 2020 funding, despite a bipartisan budget deal to boost discretionary spending earlier in the year. This continuing resolution is designed to provide additional time for Congress to agree to a full fiscal year 2020 spending package in December, and we urge lawmakers to finish the appropriations process that should have been completed months ago. Short-term funding causes significant uncertainty for federal research agencies and their university partners, which rely on sustained and predictable funding to advance American discovery and innovation. Consistent, robust, and long-term strategic investment is critical for researchers across the country to continue their work that enhances our well-being, grows our economy, and secures our nation.”
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 the United States’ global competitiveness.