Federal Research Funding

For fiscal year 2020, Congress should raise the caps on discretionary spending and ensure sustained and robust funding for science.

Without action by Congress, sequestration-level budget caps are set to return in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. This could mean an approximate 6% cut to discretionary spending and 8.5% cut to defense spending. These cuts would have a devastating impact on the federal agencies that support science and early-stage research, jeopardizing America’s economic competitiveness and national security. Cuts of this magnitude could limit our current research capacity, reduce our STEM talent pipeline, and slow the development of new technologies used by the military.

APS supports raising the caps on discretionary spending and ensuring that funding for federal science agencies such as NSF, NIST, and DOE Office of Science is robust in FY 2020.


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The Impact of Personalized Emails

Although personalizing your email with your own experiences and anecdotes may take a few extra minutes, research shows that it is well worth the time. According to a Congressional Management Foundation survey, individualized emails are the second most effective method overall for positively influencing a member’s decision on an issue. Individualized email messages are also 64% more effective than form email messages.

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Furthermore, 83% of congressional staff surveyed said that it would take more than 50 form emails for them to consider taking the action requested. On the other hand, 70% of staff said that it would take less than 50 personalized emails for them to consider taking action. We encourage you to personalize your emails to Congressional members in order to maximize the impact of your voice.

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