AIBS has provided testimony to the House Appropriations Committee regarding fiscal year (FY) 2024 funding for biological research programs within the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The testimony reads, in part:
We encourage Congress to provide additional funding to the Smithsonian Institution in FY 2024, including at least $60 million to the National Museum of Natural History with new funding to support scientific and curatorial work. We urge Congress to provide the USGS with $1.85 billion in FY 2024, with at least $395 million for its Ecosystems Mission Area. We further request that Science Applications (previously named Science Support) within USFWS be provided at least $55.5 million in FY 2024. Lastly, we request that Congress provide EPA Science and Technology with at least $967.8 million in FY 2024.
Robust federal support for scientific research and monitoring that improves our understanding of biological diversity and ecosystem function must be a priority as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, urged AIBS.
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