March 2018 - Appropriations season - what we want and how to help

As the calendar turns to March, appropriations season begins on Capitol Hill and advocates from every constituency kick their efforts into high gear. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is no different, and we enter this spring with an invigorated interest in increasing the research budgets at the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. For fiscal year 2019, we are calling on Congress to increase federal investments in the life sciences by 8 percent at all agencies. Particularly of interest to the ASBMB community is that this would mean an increase of $2.6 billion to the NIH, $600 million to the NSF and $430 million to the DOE’s Office of Science. Read more here.