Washington is up and running full steam ahead in the new year, and so is Research!America, embarking on our 29th year! It's important, as the new Congress acts on its priorities and President-elect Trump and his team further articulate theirs, that advocates for research act, as well. This is no time to sit back and watch! Transitions are a time of high aspiration and great possibility and that is the frame we reference in advocacy: investing in research and innovation is how the United States will achieve crucial national goals like better individual and national health and economic competitiveness.
Research!America board chair The Hon. John Porter and I emphasized these points in our recent op-ed in The Huffington Post. We say, in part: Americans say they want and expect medical progress to continue. They’ve placed their trust in the President-elect and Congress to make it happen: give us what we all deserve, a unified, positive approach to science and innovation to help, as the President-elect has stated, make our lives “better, safer and more prosperous.”