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AAMC, Science Groups Urge Senate Support for NSF

June 15, 2012—AAMC joined more than 120 science, engineering, and higher education organizations on a June 13 letter  urging Senators to “reject attempts to reduce funding” for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and to oppose “legislative attempts to micromanage NSF and undermine the merit review process by singling out specific programs for elimination.”

The letter, organized by the Coalition for National Science Funding, responds to an amendment adopted by the House during consideration of its FY 2013 NSF spending bill (H.R. 5326, H.Rept. 112-463), which prohibits funding for the political science program in NSF’s Division of Social and Economic Sciences [see Washington Highlights, May 18].

Signatories on the letter argue that “eliminating support for specific disciplines, such as the House did with respect to political science, sets a dangerous precedent that, in the end, will inhibit scientific progress and restrain our international competitiveness economically and with regard to national security.” The letter continues that “Congress should exercise its oversight responsibilities, but second-guessing the scientific process could have a chilling effect on scientists and young people considering a future in science.”

Senate appropriators approved the Senate’s NSF spending bill (S. 2323, S.Rept. 112-158) April 19, but the full chamber has yet to consider the bill.

Contact:

Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525
Email: trasouli@aamc.org

Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418
Email: akhalife@aamc.org

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