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Letter from Members of the House to House Appropriators Regarding NSF FY 2007 Budget issues

Status Report From: U.S. House of Representatives
Posted: Friday, January 19, 2007

January 17, 2007

The Honorable David Obey
Chairman
Committee on Appropriations
H-218 Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Jerry Lewis
Ranking Member
Committee on Appropriations
H-218 Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Obey and Ranking Member Lewis,

Thank you very much for your leadership in increasing federal funding for basic science research. As supporters of scientific research and education, we respectfully ask that you single out the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a priority in your fiscal year 2007 Continuing Resolution appropriations legislation. Specifically, we request that you fund NSF at the House-passed, President's requested level of $6.02 billion in fiscal year 2007. This is essential, because the flat funding for this agency under the Continuing Resolution will directly inhibit our national competitiveness and jeopardize American innovation.

The NSF is an agency that has suffered budget stagnation in recent years and even a budget cut in fiscal year 2005. We have not managed to come close to the doubling path for NSF set out in the 2002 Authorization Act. This year, however, we were heartened that the budget request for the NSF included a substantial increase for the "high-leverage fields of physical sciences and engineering" as part of the proposed American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI). This boost in funding would allow for new innovative technologies to be developed by NSF-funded scientists and engineers. The full House and Senate appropriators supported the requested increase for NSF in the FY07 appropriations bills. Our colleagues understood that the increase represented a significant down-payment toward the goal of enhancing U.S. global competitiveness by investing in basic science research.

The NSF is the major source of federal funding in many fields such as the basic sciences, mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, and it funds approximately 20 percent of all federally-supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. If Congress provides only flat funding, peer-reviewed basic science research will suffer all across the country, NSFfunded researchers have won more than 170 Nobel Prizes and pioneered innovations that have improved quality of life of all Americans. Additionally, NSF consistently earns top scores in all of the Administration's budgetary performance measures and all grants awarded undergo a rigorous peer-review process.

Completing the remaining fiscal year 2007 appropriations by way of a long-term Continuing Resolution presents significant challenges and will necessitate some difficult choices. We fully appreciate the tight budget constraints that you are operating under, but a small investment in science yields immeasurable results. By including the requested level of funding for the NSF in the Continuing Resolution you would be reflecting the overwhelmingly bipartisan will of the Congress and making a significant investment in the future of our nation. We believe NSF is one of the nation's most important policy concerns and respectfully request that you fund NSF at the House-passed, President's requested level of $6.02 billion in fiscal year 2007.

Sincerely,

cc: The Honorable Alan Mollohan
The Honorable Rodney Frelinghuysen

Co-signers:

1 Bart
2 Vernon J.
3 Rush
4 Tom
5 Brian
6 Richard
7 Tammy
8 Howard
9 Judy
10 Timothy
11 Jo
12 Nancy
13 Bruce
14 Lois
15 Michael
16 Steve
17 Elijah
18 Danny
19 Susan
20 Peter
21 Diana
22 William
23 Norman D.
24 John
25 Mike
26 Eliot
27 Bob
28 Chaka
29 Jeff
30 Jim
31 Ralph M.
32 Doc
33 Stephanie
34 Baron P.
35 Maurice
36 Mazie Z.
37 Darlene
38 Bob
39 Jay
40 Sheila
41 William J.
42 Eddie Bernice
43 Timothy V.
44 Dale
45 Ron
46 Tom
47 John
48 Daniel
Gordon
Ehlers
Holt
Allen
Baird
Baker
Baldwin
Berman
Biggert
Bishop
Bonner
Boyda
Braley
CaPPS
Capuano
Cohen
Cummings
Davis
Davis
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
Dicks
Dingell
Doyle
Engel
Etheridge
Fattah
Fortenberry
Gerlach
Hall
Hastings
Herseth
Hill
Hinchey
Hirono
Hooley
lnglis
Inslee
Jackson-Lee
Jefferson
Johnson
Johnson
Kildee
Kind
Lantos
Lewis
Lipinski
49 David
50 Zoe
51 Carolyn
52 Ed
53 Doris 0.
54 Carolyn
55 Thaddeus
56 Jim
57 James
58 Mike
59 Michael R.
60 Michael
61 Brad
62 Harry E.
63 Dennis
64 Jerry
65 Jim
66 James L.
67 Frank
68 Bill
69 Deborah
70 David
71 Mike
72 Bobby L.
73 Jim
74 Jan
75 F. James
76 Albio
77 Ellen
78 John
79 Mark
80 Chris
81 Diane E.
82 Lynn
83 David
84 Albert
Loebsack
Lofgren
Maloney
Markey
Matsui
McCarthy
McCotter
McDermott
McGovern
Mclntyre
McNulty
Michaud
Miller
Mitchell
Moore
Moran
Moran
Oberstar
Pallone
Pascrell
Pryce
Reichert
Rogers
Rush
Saxton
Schakowsky
Sensenbrenner
Sires
Tauscher
Tierney
Udall
Van Hollen
Watson
Woolsey
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Wynn

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