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The Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS), which the ASCB is a founding member of, is activating a Day of Action to take place on December 4, 2013. A joint House-Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to release a budget plan on December 13. It is imperative to have the scientific community heard before the report is released.
Among its many considerations, the Budget Committee is deciding how to fund life science research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), DARPA, and other science agencies for fiscal year 2014.
If this committee fails to come to an agreement, discretionary funded programs such as the NIH and NSF could face another round of automatic sequestration cuts—a cut that could be as high as 7%—in January 2014. This will mean more labs will close, more students will leave science and the US will continue to lose its leadership in research. Ongoing cuts, including sequestration, are decimating our research enterprise—across all scientific disciplines.
We will not ask much of your time. Here is a look at some of the ways you can be involved. All detailed information, including messaging and helpful links, can be found on the Day of Action webpage on the CLS website.
• Write a quick few lines on your elected official’s Facebook page.
• Tweet your member of Congress. Use the hashtag #nomorecuts or #fixsequestration.
• Sign your name to the sample letter on the CLS website, which will be automatically emailed to your member of Congress.
• Write a letter-to-the-editor for your local paper.
• Circulate a petition around your institution and submit it to the members on the Budget Committee.
• Schedule a meeting with your member of Congress next time he/she is home in your district.
In preparation for December 4, we ask that you forward this email alert to colleagues at your institution, friends and family, discuss the need for advocacy and involvement in the Day of Action at your next lab, faculty or department meeting, and rally as many people as you can to take part in this Day of Action.
WORK YOUR ROLODEX!
The members of the House and Senate Budget Committees are of particular interest. They represent the following states and they need to hear from their constituents. Committee members are from Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
If you don’t live in their state but know someone who does, please contact them and ask them to help us out.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
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