Developing a skilled workforce and stimulating economic growth requires investments in scientific research and education. Currently, many federal programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy Office of Science, and other federal agencies are in jeopardy because of the expiration of the authorization of the America COMPETES Act.

Enacted in 2007, the law aims to stimulate innovation and improve science education by increasing funding authorizations for federal agencies that support basic research. To date, the law has helped to increase funding for NSF and establish science education programs that benefit students from the kindergarten to graduate school.

Congress is considering legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. The legislation passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support in June, but the Senate has yet to act. It is important that the Senate pass its version of the legislation this year.

Please show your support for science by asking your Senators to act on this important legislation. Please visit to send a letter to your Senators today.


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