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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.

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.

More Scientists Needed in Congress

  Later this year, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, of New Jersey, will retire from Congress after nearly two decades as a champion of science. His retirement will leave a big void and leave only one scientist in Congress, Rep. Bill Foster, of Illinois. History has shown us that scientists bring their invaluable and much-needed technical […]

APS March Meeting Contact Congress

Q: What’s the best-spent minute at the March Meeting?   A: Stopping by the Contact Congress booth to sign your name to letters to your Congressional delegation on the importance of federal funding for basic research. It takes only a minute. By doing so, you are making your voice heard in Washington and helping to […]

Budget Deal Provides Stability

Let’s break out the inexpensive bottle of champagne and have a moderate celebration for the success of the “Ryan-Murray” budget agreement.  The deal undid much of the damage from the sequester, and there is a modest chance for stability with the return to “regular order.” The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Omnibus spending bill was recently […]


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