Help Us Raise the Caps


Research!America is hosting a digital advocacy initiative on September 11–12 to urge Congress to #RaisetheCaps during negotiations of the FY18 budget.

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. This will tie policymakers’ hands and stall major projects ranging from supercomputers to biohazard labs that researchers need to effectively prevent emerging epidemics, develop the next generation of super materials, and find the links between genes and disease. It is crucial that advocates raise their voices now and convince Congress to #RaisetheCaps.

Join Research!America in asking Congress to forge a bipartisan budget agreement focused on the future, not tethered to the past. Our online portal includes sample social media messages, a template for drafting letters to your representatives, and messages emphasizing the importance of raising the caps. Learn more and engage with us at

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