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There are a number of people currently writing about the proposal HR 1. Problem is, all they're whining about is the cuts to NIH funding. I'm here to tell you though that more than just NIH is going to be taken to the woodshed with this proposal.
I received the following from the ASA-CSSA-SSSA trisociety today and they paint a picture that is just as, if not more so, dire than what the medical folks are seeing in this proposal. In effect, it is going to gut agricultural and environmental science research.
Let me reproduce the email here:
...START OF EMAIL...
Your voice needs to be heard on Capitol Hill! During the next few days, the U.S. House of Representatives will debate and vote on passage of H.R. 1, the continuing resolution for fiscal year 2011 (FY 11), which includes cuts as high as 29% for federal research and development in sciences agencies including: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Science Foundation (NSF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE OS) and other vital science agencies.
What can you do? Let your Representative know that you do not support cuts to science, by calling now and telling him/her to vote against passage of H.R. 1. How? Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Representative's office. If you do not know who your Representative is, you can look him/her up here: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/issues/basics/?style=comm.
Note to Federal and University employees: Please be advised to check with your supervisor about any regulations concerning citizen advocacy prior to taking part in this action alert.
What to say:
When you call your Representative’s office, a staff assistant will answer the phone. When he/she answers, say:
Thank you for supporting science.
...END OF EMAIL...
So folks, get on the horn and start calling your representatives, we all need your help.
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Damn straight Bro. Get on the phone and Lobby for science!!
Thanks for alerting us to all these proposed cuts last week.
No problem GR. Been watching the proposed budget for awhile now, and it's going to get uglier before it gets better.
I have a feeling like this will be the first of many cuts if we don't get our message across to Congress in a loud and clear style fashion.
The republitards are way underselling the issue because they know Obama loves research. In his proposed budget, Obama increases the research funding to almost every major institution. I think it's probably going to end up not changing once a compromise is reached. I'd much rather see them slash the defense spending budget, but I'm an unpatriotic liberal stooge.
If we stop fucking with brown ppl who live in the sand, we would save in the neighborhood of $200 billion. How is that for slashing the budget?
$200B is a pretty lowball figure. The money we're throwing at "consultants" out there would save us another ~$200-300B.