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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

FASEB Rallies Research Community to Urge Congress to End the Government Shutdown

Bethesda, MD—The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) issued an e-action alert this week to the 110,000 members of its 27 constituent societies urging the public to call their elected representatives with a simple message—Congress must work together to end the government shutdown, restore funding for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other science agencies to pre-sequestration levels, and agree on a fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget thatsustains the prior investment in research. "Until Congress agrees on an FY 2014 budget and supports the biomedical research enterprise, we continue to lose ground in every area of scientific research," stated FASEB President Margaret K. Offermann, MD, PhD. More than 300 phone calls were made in the first 24 hours after the alert was distributed. Researchers are being urged to recruit friends, family members, and neighbors in the effort to restore funding for research.

In conjunction with the e-action alert, FASEB is running targeted ads in selected media markets asking citizens to take action to protect the nation's investment in science and engineering. FASEB has also developed a talk radio guide providing instructions on how to effectively engage in local talk radio shows. The guide includes talking points about biomedical research funding and sequestration. "We must continue to urge Congress to support the federal science agencies," stated the FASEB President.

FASEB is composed of 27 societies with more than 110,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. Our mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.

URL: http://www.faseb.org

Contact Person: Lawrence Green (lgreen@faseb.org)