AIBS has signed on to a stakeholder letter in support of including language on the Microbiome Interagency Working Group in the final Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2024.
The letter calls on House and Senate Appropriations Committees to include the report language in the Senate CJS appropriations bill regarding the Microbiome Interagency Working Group in the final negotiated CJS funding bill. “This language is an important step to ensure we continue to advance coordination of microbiome research and increase efficiency and collaboration in areas that impact human, animal and ecosystem health,” the groups argue.
The language in the Senate FY 2024 CJS appropriations report states:
Microbiome Interagency Working Group.—The Committee recognizes that microbiome research is foundational research with the potential to advance human, animal and environmental health through the bioeconomy. The Committee supports the continuation of the Microbiome Interagency Working Group and requests an update of the Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research. OSTP is encouraged to consider the renewal of the charter for the Microbiome Interagency Working Group.
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