With congressional FY18 budget negotiations underway, Research!America will be hosting a digital advocacy initiative to urge Congress to #RaisetheCaps on September 11-12.
The 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) established austerity-level federal spending, and in FY18 the sequestration budget caps or automatic spending cuts for federal agencies will be back in full force. Unless, that is, advocates can convince Congress to #RaisetheCaps. Sequestration ties policymakers’ hands, preventing them from advancing strategic defense and non-defense priorities, such as bioterrorism and pandemic preparedness, innovative research to end deadly and debilitating diseases, and strategies to bolster our antibiotics supply against the corrosive effect of drug-resistant “superbugs.”
Join us as we call on Congress to forge a bipartisan budget agreement focused on the future, not tethered to the past. Research!America’s online portal includes sample social media messages, a letter to send to your representatives, and messages emphasizing the importance of raising the caps. Learn more and engage with us, visit www.researchamerica.org/raisethecaps.