The American Institute of Biological Sciences has joined 115 other scientific organizations in a letter urging Congress to complete work on fiscal year (FY) 2023 appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year rather than months into it.
“We understand that finalizing FY23 appropriations legislation can be particularly challenging in an election year,” the letter reads. “That said, Americans need champions who will assure that, despite challenges, Congress and the Administration commit to concluding the FY23 appropriations process on schedule. Achieving this goal will enable a smooth transition between fiscal years and avoid the costly inefficiency and wasted time that results from stop-gap funding measures. It will also avoid locking in federal agency spending from the previous fiscal year, which postpones our nation’s ability to address evolving needs and priorities. Our nation needs this flexibility to respond to pressing new challenges rather than being forced to plan for future threats and opportunities using last year’s funding landscape.”
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