[Taxacom] Action Alert: No More Cuts to Research
Mary.Barkworth at usu.edu
Mon Dec 10 10:27:29 CST 2012
It is not just science that will be cut. It is EVERYTHING that will be cut. And has to be cut. The question is how much. We keep hoping that the two parties in Congress will work together. Let us demonstrate the ability we want them to show. As scientists we also need to recognize the richness that the arts and humanities give to our lives - and our ability to understand people in other countries. Granted that AIBS and AAAS are obligated to lobby for Science. Nevertheless, we should also recognize the importance of other areas of endeavor. So let's hear it for the humanities and arts - which already receive a far smaller share of the pie than the sciences.
From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Julie Palakovich Carr
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 8:48 AM
Subject: [Taxacom] Action Alert: No More Cuts to Research
People around the country are taking action today to stand up for science. Join the national day of action to voice your support for federal investments in research and science education.
The biological sciences community needs to express its opposition to further cuts to the federal programs that invest in research, support education, and protect natural resources. These programs are essential to ensuring America's global competitiveness, growing the economy, and addressing pressing social, public health, and environmental issues.
Take action now at http://capwiz.com/aibs/issues/alert/?alertid=62222766
It's easy to get involved. Send a prewritten letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Call your members of Congress. Send a Tweet to your elected officials.
Under current law, federal programs face devastating across-the-board budget cuts over the next decade. Unless Congress and the President act to prevent further cuts, non-defense discretionary programs, such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of the Interior, NOAA, and EPA, face mandatory 8.2 percent budget cuts next year, with further cuts over the next decade. Defense, including medical and environmental research supported by the Department of Defense, and security programs would be cut by 9.4 percent in 2013, with additional cuts in the subsequent years.
The net result of sequestration could be the loss of $12 billion in research funding next year; the loss of 31,000 jobs in the life, physical, and social sciences; and delays in the construction and renovation of facilities for research and environmental conservation.
Please join the national day of action at http://capwiz.com/aibs/issues/alert/?alertid=62222766
Need more information? Watch a three-minute video from AIBS that explains the fiscal cliff and how it is likely to impact science (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4GNHJMKRf4). AIBS has also prepared a report about the fiscal cliff and budget sequestration (http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/resources/AIBS_Sequestration_Report.pdf).
Julie Palakovich Carr
Senior Public Policy Associate
American Institute of Biological Sciences
1444 I Street, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
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