Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Budget Caps

Statement on Budget Caps
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

It is terrific news that Leader McConnell is engaging Speaker Pelosi and President Trump in a collaborative process to address outdated and out of touch budget caps. So much is at stake: our nation’s defense and the people, values and strengths that make our nation one worth defending.

Our nation’s leadership in science and technology is emblematic. Both the defense and non-defense (NDD) caps place our strategic strengths in jeopardy, threatening sustained economic growth, medical progress, our nation’s response to bio, cyber and other forms of terrorism, and a host of other strategic priorities. Americans need and deserve a budget attuned to the present, not tethered to the past. We are grateful that by working on a bipartisan basis to raise the caps, federal leaders are firmly on the path to take us there.

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