Lift federal spending caps on research institutions

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

When public investments in research decline, not only does the brain drain affect Missouri’s economy and competitiveness, it affects research institutions across the country dealing with similar challenges. Federal spending caps are limiting opportunities for scientists to launch and sustain research aimed at combating cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and many other health threats.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say it’s important for the federal government to fund basic scientific research even if it brings no immediate benefits, according to a Research!America survey.

We applaud Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and other elected officials who are driving efforts to increase funding for medical research. Now it’s time for Congress to pass a budget deal that lifts the caps to help universities that rely on both federal and state funding to advance science and innovation.

"Lift federal spending caps on research institutions," by Suzanne Ffolkes (St. Louis Post Dispatch, November 14, 2017)

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You can change the image of things to come. But you can’t do it sitting on your hands … The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges.
The Honorable John E. Porter