On July 17, the U.S. House of Representatives provided its blueprint for funding the National Institutes of Health for fiscal 2013. It is not a friendly proposal, unless you don’t mind a flat budget for a third year in a row. Add salary caps, restrictions on some areas of research and cuts to every institute at the NIH, and you have a recipe for a calamitous environment for biomedical research. Unfortunately, the NIH funding bill from the U.S. Senate was not much better.
These proposals truly represent an “all hands on deck” moment for our community. ASBMB has issued a challenge to its members to schedule 100 meetings with their senators and representatives while they are in their home offices this summer. Only with YOUR help can we let Congress know the vital importance of federal funding for biomedical research.
Over the next few weeks, the Public Affairs staff is hosting a free series of webinars to provide you with advocacy training, so that you will be fully prepared to meet with your member of Congress and highlight the groundbreaking research happening in your own lab and at your institution.
The ASBMB advocacy webinar series: gives you political & strategic insight. Register now to get a jump start on your congressional meeting planning.
WEBINAR: SETTING UP YOUR CONGRESSIONAL MEETING
2 p.m. EDT JULY 25
Get the tools you need to schedule and execute a meeting with your member of Congress. We’ll go over state- and district-specific data you can use in your meeting to show your member of Congress the health and economic impacts of NIH funding.
WEBINAR: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CONGRESSIONAL MEETING
2 p.m. EDT AUG. 8
Learn the “17 cardinal rules of science advocacy” and how to apply them during your meeting. Hear from congressional staff members on the do's and don’ts of meeting with Congress.