Thousands participate in #RaiseTheCaps campaign to convince Congress to raise spending caps for scientific research
Research!America, along with other research and scientific alliances and organizations, led a “Raise the Caps” print and digital ad, social media and grassroots campaign this week aimed at convincing Congress to negotiate a bipartisan budget deal that raises spending caps before end of year to provide flexibility for increased federal funding for science.Thousands participated in the effort which will conclude Friday, November 17. Search #RaiseTheCaps on Twitter to view many of the messages.
The campaign goes until midnight on Nov. 17.
The 2011 Budget Control Act placed a cap on federal spending, known as sequestration, for each fiscal year through 2021 for defense and non-defense programs. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 provided sequestration relief for two years, but since another budget deal has not been reached, the caps are back in place for FY18.
“When science is short-changed it has ripple effects on every aspect of our lives, from health, to food, energy, and technology, and the list goes on,” said Mary Woolley, CEO of Research!America. “The scientific community has come together to speak out against arbitrary budget caps that jeopardize our nation's health, safety, and global competitiveness.”
The campaign, which calls attention to federally-funded research that has strengthened our nation's leadership in science and technology, includes print advertisements in The Wall Street Journal, POLITICO, Washington Examiner, Weekly Standard, digital ads in The Hill, CQ Roll Call, washingtonexaminer.com, weeklystandard.com and Daily Caller, and social media and grassroots activities. More information can be found at www.researchamerica.org/raisethecaps.