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AAMC Joins 132 Groups Urging Congress to Close the Innovation Deficit

November 14, 2014—The AAMC joined 132 groups on a Nov. 12 letter  led by the “Close the Innovation Deficit” campaign urging Congress to pass a fiscal year (FY) 2015 omnibus appropriations bill that includes increased investments in scientific research and higher education needed to close the nation’s innovation deficit.

The letter describes the innovation deficit as the “widening gap between the actual level of federal government funding for research and higher education and what the investment needs to be if the United States is to remain the world’s innovation leader.”

While several House and Senate FY 2015 spending proposals have included increases for research agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the letter notes Congress must work on enacting an omnibus spending bill because such increases will not be realized under a continuing resolution.

The letter adds, “Our nation cannot compete effectively or close its innovation deficit by funding science and higher education through continuing resolutions. Past continuing resolutions have disrupted the scientific grants process, suspended and impaired ongoing research projects, and caused uncertainty to our nation’s scientific and innovation enterprise.”

The “Close the Innovation Deficit” campaign is an effort by leaders of the business, higher education, scientific, and high-tech manufacturing communities who are concerned about cuts and stagnating federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations are pouring resources into these areas.


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559

Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418


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