The AIBS Public Policy Office recently submitted congressional testimony in support of increased fiscal year (FY) 2009 funding for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The testimony encouraged Congress to provide $1.3 billion for the USGS for FY 2009 and $230 million for the programs of the Biological Resource Discipline within the USGS. The Administration requested $969 million for the USGS, $38 million below the FY 2008 enacted budget. USGS has experienced flat funding for five of the past six years.

Testimony submitted in support of increased FY 2009 appropriations for the EPA requested that Congress provide at least $646.5 million for the Office of Research and Development, $181 million for human health and ecosystem research, and support for other biological research programs, many of which have experienced declining budgets since FY 2004.

This and forthcoming appropriations testimony will be available in the Position Statements section of the AIBS web site at


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