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During austere financial times, the president’s budget ensures that scientists continue transformational research, leading to innovations and jobs for Americans
By Tawanda W. Johnson
APS commends President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which prioritizes scientific research, spurs innovation and keeps the nation on a path toward economic prosperity.
Furthermore, the Society is pleased that the president’s budget reflects the priorities of key scientific agencies that are crucial to our nation’s competitiveness and economic growth – the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Aeronautics & Space Administration. Scientists funded by these agencies are engaged in cutting-edge research that has generated solutions to the country’s most pressing challenges, spawned new technologies and provided the foundation for spinoff businesses and jobs for Americans.
APS recognizes the president had to make difficult choices at a time when the nation is dealing with mounting deficits. And we believe he made the right choice in the case of science. If the U.S. wants to ensure a strong economy for the future, then the country must focus on scientific research, education and innovation — a proven strategy leading to job creation and sustained economic growth.
“Members of Congress should follow the president’s lead. They should also recognize that science is not a partisan proposition, as Eric Cantor signaled in his February speech to an American Enterprise Institute audience,” said Michael S. Lubell, director of public affairs for APS.
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