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Thursday, December 12, 2013

FASEB Urges Congress to Support the Budget Deal Negotiated by Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray

Bethesda, MD – The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) congratulates Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for reaching a bipartisan budget agreement for fiscal years (FY) 2014 and 2015. "The Ryan-Murray budget agreement represents a breakthrough in the Capitol Hill gridlock, recognizes the importance of providing additional funding for discretionary programs, and provides partial relief from sequestration. We are very grateful to Chairman Ryan and Chairwoman Murray for their hard work and willingness to compromise so that order can be restored to the budget process. We urge Congress to pass the agreement without any additional delay," said FASEB President Margaret K. Offermann, MD, PhD.

Passage of the Ryan-Murray agreement will also allow the Appropriations Committees to complete action on the unfinished FY 2014 spending bills. Failure to approve budgets for the federal research agencies in a timely manner impedes long term planning, disrupts research underway, and creates inefficiencies for institutions and individual scientists. "We sincerely hope that Congress will use the momentum created by the Ryan-Murray agreement to finally address the nation's long-term fiscal problems and adopt a plan that permanently replaces the indiscriminate cuts necessary under sequestration," stated Dr. Offermann. Over the next few weeks FASEB will be engaging the scientific community in reminding Congress about the benefits of providing sustained, predictable funding for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science and competitive agricultural research supported by the U.S Department of Agriculture.

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)