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This was posted on Ecolog by Terence Houston . Thought it might be appropriate to post here.




Dear ESA Members:


Today, Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, the US Senate is scheduled to begin

debating its bill to increase funding for the National Science Foundation

(NSF) in fiscal year (FY) 2015. We are asking you to contact your senators

today if you agree increased funding for the National Science Foundation is

important for ecological science.



Step 1: Write your letter

Step 2: Email your Senators,




Email Subject Line: Please Support Science in S. 2437


Sample Letter


Dear (Insert your Senator’s name.),


I write to express my support for sustained science investment in S. 2437,

the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations

Act of 2015.


I appreciate the bipartisan manner in which the committee developed this

bill and request that Senators oppose amendments that would undermine the

National Science Foundation’s (NSF) existing peer review process or cut

funding for STEM education, biological, geological, behavioral and social



America’s efforts to innovate and maintain our global competitiveness depend

on sustained-federal funding for scientific research. If enacted, S. 2437

would provide $7.255 billion for NSF, which is $83 million higher than the

fiscal year (FY) 2014 enacted funding. This Senate’s budget number is lower

than the $7.4 billion included in the CJS House Appropriations bill passed

last month. Any further cuts would significantly hinder NSF’s budget

capacity to keep pace with inflation.


The legislation also contains $5.4 billion for the National Oceanic

Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a $105 million increase over the FY 2014

enacted level. I urge you to reject any amendments that would cut NOAA’s

climate research funding. The data provided from climate research is crucial

for management efforts related to drought, flooding, and torrential storms

and also helps our nation understand long-term trends in atmospheric



I appreciate Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and

House CJS Appropriations Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) for their collaborative

bicameral work in supporting sustained investment in federal research. My

hope is for a final conference bill, agreed upon by Congress this fall,

which sustains critical investment in scientific research that allows our

nation to innovate and maintain our global competitiveness.



(Insert your name.)

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