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Bullet policy, statements · May 10, 2024

AIBS Provides Testimony in Support of FY 2025 Funding for Smithsonian Institution, USGS, USFWS, and EPA

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 2025, 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 2025, with at least $395 million for its Ecosystems Mission Area. We further request that Science Applications within USFWS be provided at least $55.5 million in FY 2025. Lastly, we request that Congress provide EPA Science and Technology with at least $876 million in FY 2025.

Robust federal investments in scientific research and monitoring that improves our understanding of biological diversity and ecosystem function must be a priority, urged AIBS, noting that the agencies funded by this appropriations bill are centrally involved in conducting, supporting, and using this scientific research.

Read the testimony submitted to House appropriators. A similar letter was submitted to the Senate.

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