AGU Media Statement
23 March 2018
This statement is attributable to AGU CEO/Executive Director Chris McEntee
WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, Congress passed a $1.3 trillion fiscal Omnibus spending bill that provides funding for the federal government through September 30, 2018. The American Geophysical Union applauds Congress for passing funding legislation that demonstrates a commitment to scientific research and discovery.
The Omnibus spending bill provides most federal science agencies and programs funding increases that are critically needed after years of flat funding or much more anemic increases. The bill also delivers fiscal certainty through the remainder of fiscal year 2018, a welcome respite from the disquieting ambiguity of chronic short-term continuing resolutions.
As we look to the future, we will need ongoing, sustained, and predictable growth in the funding levels of all science-based agencies and programs – including some of the ones that were flat funded or cut in the FY2018 Omnibus, such as the NASA Earth Science, NOAA Climate Research, and EPA Science programs.
Science plays a vital role in driving our economy and improving our quality of life. Ultimately, if we want America’s economy, national security, and public health to thrive, then a strong and stable investment in science is essential. Investing in science today is an investment in our collective future.
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