Federal Research Funding & Science Infrastructure
Congress should reject the proposed budget cuts for science and instead increase appropriations for the federal science agencies by 4% real growth for FY18 and include investments for scientific labs and facilities in any infrastructure stimulus package.
The Trump administration has proposed dramatic funding cuts for science in its preliminary budget request for fiscal year 2018. This includes a $900 million (17%) cut for the Department of Energy's Office of Science, which funds a great deal of U.S. Physics research. The National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Standards and Technology were not specifically mentioned in the preliminary budget, but could still fall under the category of "other agencies," which were marked for a 9.8% cut. APS is against these proposed cuts.
Instead, APS believes federal research funding should be increased by 4% real growth to not only make up for losses due to inflation but also to allow for greater innovation.
It is also important to look for additional avenues for federal research investment. The Trump administration is proposing an initiative to rebuild the nation's infrastructure. APS believes that science infrastructure should be included. APS Unit Leaders discussed this issue on Capitol Hill during the APS Congressional Visits Day on January 25 and found strong bipartisan interest.
Insert your lawmaker's Twitter handle in the sample tweets below. The "." at the beginning makes it more public. Find your elected officials by clicking the button the the left. If you know who your officials are, view Congress on Twitter.
.@[twitter_handle] I urge Congress to reject the President's proposed budget cuts for science #voice4physics
.@[twitter_handle] Increasing federal science funding by 4% & adding science in infrastructure plans would spark innovation #voice4physics
.@senatordoe Increasing federal science funding by 4% & adding science in infrastructure plans would spark innovation #voice4physics
Sample script of a conversation:
Staffer: Hello, _________'s office.
You: Hi. My name is ____ and I live in ______. I'd like to speak with someone in the office about federal research funding.
Staffer: (May or may not ask you for your address at this time to confirm you are a constituent) Sure, let me see if that person is available. --Pause-- I’m sorry, that person isn't available now. Can I take a message?
Yes. I’m calling about federal funding for science research. I would like [elected official’s name] to reject the proposed cuts to the federal research budget in the President's FY18 request. Instead, I urge [him/her] to support an increase of 4% real growth for the federal science agencies, and to include science in any infrastructure plans that are developed. [Insert details of your personal story here if you wish].
Staffer: Thank you, I’ll relay your message to [your elected official]. (If he/she hadn’t asked before, he/she will ask you for your address to confirm that you are a constituent.)
You: Thank you.