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For fiscal year 2019, Congress should support the House Appropriations Committee’s mark of $8.2B for NSF, the Senate Appropriations Committee’s mark of $6.65B for DOE Office of Science, and the bipartisan request from Senators Gardner and Peters of 4% growth for NIST.
Congress increased funding for NSF, NIST, and the DOE Office of Science in FY18, showing that it values the federal science research enterprise. APS urges increased support to these agencies to promote continued scientific advancement critical to the economy and national security.
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).