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Fiscal Year 2015 Funding Update

Congress received President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 (FY15) budget request on March 4 and has been making steady progress on appropriations bills.  Appropriations bills concerning science agencies, defense, energy and health are in various stages of completion from being in subcommittee to having been voted on and passed on the floor. Bills in subcommittee are […]

Keeping the U.S. Competitive in Particle Physics

  APS President Malcolm R. Beasley recently authored an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News, making a strong case for keeping the U.S. invested in the particle physics field. Beyond probing the funding laws of nature, the field has greatly benefited other areas of science and has led to the development of the Internet, […]

Physics leaders discuss life after Higgs with Congress

  “We need to build,” said UC Santa Cruz Professor Steve Ritz, touting a central recommendation of the U.S. Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel’s (P5) recently released strategic plan, “Building for Discovery.” Ritz made the important point during a Senate briefing last week. But building things costs money, and federal support for particle physics – also […]

NSF and NASA Funding

The House of Representative may vote on H.R. 4660, the Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science bill that funds the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at any moment. Take action and write your Representative to let them know you support robust funding for science. http://bit.ly/1tqNVQr

FIRST Act Markup – As Good As It Gets?

After months of speculation and a subcommittee markup in March, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology marked up the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act (FIRST Act) on May 21. As expected, Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and his colleagues on the Republican side of the aisle defended the provisions of the […]

America Can’t Afford to Ignore Science

  In my latest column in  Roll Call, I point out the following: “More affordable and healthful food, cheaper and cleaner sources of energy, more efficient and less expensive appliances, better and more affordable medical diagnostic instruments are all within reach if we continue to devote financial and intellectual capital to scientific research and education.” […]

Science agency directors make strong case for research and education during Senate Innovation hearing

Spring typically marks appropriations season on Capitol Hill. With the Ryan-Murray budget agreement only increasing the discretionary budget by about $19 billion above sequester-level spending, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are again left with the difficult task of deciding how to best spend limited funds. The Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on “Driving Innovation through […]

Don’t let the bipartisanship of science go the way of the dinosaur

Federal funding of scientific research was once a bipartisan enterprise in Washington. However, much to the chagrin of the science community, times are changing. Under increasing spending constraints and the politicizing of certain areas of science, including climate change and social and behavioral sciences, that bipartisan support is not nearly as strong as it once […]

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho: U.S. Needs Strong R&D Portfolio to Remain Globally Competitive

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-3rd-FL) writes in support of science in APS’ Capitol Hill Newsletter. Read the piece:    

Extending Nuclear Power Plant Licenses Would Help U.S. Reach Clean Energy Goals

University of Texas (Austin) Physics Professor Roy Schwitters and Chairman Emeritus John W. Rowe, of Exelon Corp., make the case for extending the licenses of nuclear power plants in today’s Hill newspaper. Read the op-ed.

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