FASEB Action Alert: Budget deal cuts $63 billion of sequestration – Urge your elected officials to support increased NIH funding and sequestration relief for FY2014

Posted: December 18, 2013 in advocacy, Events, Funding, Jobs, Life as a post-doc

A  bipartisan two-year budget deal  was passed by the US House last week and tonight passed the Senate 64-36. The deal sets total discretionary spending levels at $1.012 trillion for FY2014. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has issued an Action Alert urging support for increased NIH funding as part of the $63 billion in sequester relief from the budget deal.

Both chambers now have until January 15th to finalize appropriations bills (including Health and Human Services which funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH)). While $63 billion in relief will help, appropriations committees will still be forced to chose winers and losers. Due to bipartisan support for basic research funding, the NIH should receive at least some sequestration relief from the appropriations committee. While this is not a long-term solution for the sustained and robust funding levels needed to revitalize research in America and convince young aspiring scientists to continue, it is no doubt a much needed step in the right direction.

While this budget deal makes the threat of another government shutdown much less likely, the debt limit will still need to be raised in the early part of the year and Republicans are already signaling they want something in return for raising the debt ceiling.




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