February 19, 2009
On 19 February 2009, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) sent the following letter to members of Congress on the House-Senate conference committee that negotiated the final content of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
|Majority Leader Harry Reid||Speaker Nancy Pelosi|
|Senator Daniel Inouye||Representative Dave Obey|
|Senator Thad Cochran||Representative Jerry Lewis|
|Senator Max Baucus||Representative Charles Rangel|
|Senator Chuck Grassley||Representative Henry Waxman|
|United States Senate||Representative Dave Camp|
|Washington, DC 20510||U.S. House of Representatives|
|Washington, DC 20515|
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, and Conferees:
On behalf of our individual members and nearly 200 professional societies and scientific organizations, with a combined individual membership of nearly 250,000 scientists and educators, thank you for including more than $17 billion for the sciences in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This funding will go a long way to creating or preserving jobs and to rebuilding and reinvesting in our Nation's science infrastructure.
We are especially pleased with the amount of funding for the National Science Foundation, the United States Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Smithsonian Institution. The funding appropriated to these agencies directly supports scientific research, eases the backlog of equipment and instrumentation needs, and allows for much needed repairs and construction of research facilities. These investments will enable these agencies to better inform our decisions about climate change, energy, and the environment. They will also improve our response to natural disasters, improve our management of our Nation's oceans and coasts, and cultivate a new generation of scientists to spawn the innovations and new markets that will employ people and reignite our economy. In short, these efforts will contribute to our economic recovery now and into the future.
Again, thank you for recognizing the importance of science to our nation and for providing funds for scientific research in the economic stimulus package.