WASHINGTON – The Science Coalition released the following statement after Congress passed packages containing all 12 appropriations bills, funding the federal government, including key research agencies, for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2020.
“We applaud Congress for passing appropriations bills that fund federal research agencies for the rest of FY 2020, including the Department of Defense’s basic research programs, Department of Energy’s Office of Science, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and National Science Foundation.
“Importantly, this agreement continues the upward funding trend over recent years for these departments and programs, and provides for the continued growth of American scientific discovery at a time of unprecedented global competition. Stable, predictable funding is essential to our nation’s scientific enterprise, which relies on the partnership between federal agencies and universities across the country to conduct cutting-edge research. After months of short-term funding arrangements, we are pleased Congress has finally enacted a full funding agreement and urge lawmakers to use this moment as an example in future appropriations discussions to provide the bipartisan investments in science and innovation to maintain America’s position as a global scientific leader.”
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.