WASHINGTON – The Science Coalition (TSC) released the following statement after the Senate followed the House in approving another continuing resolution (CR) to provide stopgap funding for the federal government, including key research agencies, through March 11:
“More than four months into fiscal year (FY) 2022, it is disappointing that Congress has yet to approve a full-year appropriations package, further punting important funding decisions for federal research agencies another month,” said TSC President Peter DeYoe. “Funding increases that would normally go into effect in October will now, at best, occur in March, meaning researchers will have less time to complete ongoing projects and start new work. While researchers reliant on federal funding remain in limbo, our global competitors are increasing their investments in research and development, needlessly putting the American scientific enterprise at risk. Congress must pass a full-year appropriations package for FY22 to provide robust funding for science and stability for the research workforce without delay. Although we are encouraged appropriators are working diligently to complete an omnibus by March 11, any further delay will inhibit innovation and slow the discoveries that catalyze economic growth.”
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.