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Congress should reject the President’s detrimental science funding proposal for FY19 and increase funding for federal science agencies.
APS is against the proposed cuts and stagnated funding the Trump administration suggested for science in its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget compared to FY17. This proposal includes a 17% cut for R&D at the National Institute of Standards & Technology, and would fund research at the National Science Foundation and the Dept. of Energy Office of Science at the same levels as Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17).
Congress increased funding for these science agencies in FY18, showing that it values the federal science research enterprise. APS believes Congress should maintain this trend by rejecting the proposed cuts and stagnated funding for federal science agencies in FY19 compared to FY17. Instead, APS urges increased support to these agencies to promote continued scientific advancement critical to the economy and national security.