The House of Representatives, Senate, and President have been at odds over a funding bill for the current fiscal year (FY) 2011. If an agreement is not reached by 4 March, it is likely that all or part of the federal government will be shut down. This will have impacts for people everywhere. With respect to science programs, agencies will not be able to award or manage grants, and federal laboratories and research centers will be closed. The implications of a shutdown go far beyond the impacts to science. More significantly, it may mean disruptions to Medicare and Social Security beneficiaries. Food and safety inspections may be slowed or ceased. A shutdown could result in disruptions to government services we all rely on every day. Even further, a shutdown of the federal government would undoubtedly have significant negative impacts on our economy.

Please take a few moments to ask your Representative, Senators, and the President to work together to pass an FY 2011 appropriations bill that will keep the government running past 4 March. Take action at


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