On 17 November 2010, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and nine AIBS member organizations sent letters to the Chairmen and Ranking Republican Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting that Congress pass a fiscal year 2011 appropriations bill that would provide the National Science Foundation (NSF) with $7.424 billion. This funding level has been endorsed by President Obama and the House Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over NSF’s budget.

Congress has yet to finalize any of the twelve spending bills required to fund the government in fiscal year 2011, which began on 1 October 2010. Congress passed a Continuing Resolution in September that maintains the fiscal year 2010 level of funding for agencies until early December.

Organizations signing the letters included: American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Ornithologists’ Union, Botanical Society of America, Long Term Ecological Research Network Office, Mycological Society of America, National Association of Biology Teachers, Natural Science Collections Alliance, Organization of Biological Field Stations, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry of North America, and Society of Systematic Biologists.

To read the letter, visit http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20101117nsffunding.html. Individuals can also contact their members of Congress about the need to fund science in the coming year or to share other concerns via the AIBS Legislative Action Center at http://capwiz.com/aibs/home/.


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