Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I urge you to ensure that the final funding for scientific research and development (R&D) in all federal agencies is protected. The research budgets of many universities and scientists depend on grants from these agencies. The quality of our future depends on advances in scientific research and investment in promising new technologies. The partnership between our federal government and universities has led to many discoveries and much innovation improving the quality of our lives. Please empower the expert scientists both in and out of government and their programs as they continue to strive to protect and improve our health, safety, environment and future possibilities. China is rapidly increasing its spending on research and development and its number of new patents is increasing annually, while the number of new US originated patents has not been growing. We need to maintain our leadership in R&D.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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UPDATE 12/11/17: The focus now is on reconciling the differences between the House and Senate budget bills.
Investments in science, technology and health are under threat in the current administration. The agencies listed above are as follows: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Geological Survey (USGS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DOE), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).