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ASPET Joins 286 Organizations in Urging Congress to Act on Current Spending and Reject Proposed R&D Cuts

April 10, 2017

ASPET joined hundreds of leading business, science and engineering, medical and health and higher education organizations in urging House and Senate leaders to quickly complete action on the fiscal 2017 spending bills and to reject the steep spending cuts the Trump administration has proposed for scientific research programs and agencies for fiscal 2018. The letter, signed by 286 organizations, presented a robust defense of the nation’s research and development enterprise, saying it has elevated the United States to be “the world’s preeminent, most effective and sought-after partner for innovation.”

In particular, the letter urges lawmakers to avoid a year’s long continuing resolution to fund government programs for the current fiscal 2017 spending, which is set to expire on April 28, and complete action on those pending fiscal 2017 appropriations measures. It also calls on Congress to rebuff the administration’s proposed cuts to R&D programs in fiscal 2018, which begins Oct. 1, and instead to increase investment in research and development (R&D) programs to “sustain our nation’s status as the world’s innovation leader.”

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