This is the time for all hands on deck advocacy to assure that the draconian caps on federal discretionary spending are lifted. “Sequestration” budget caps established under the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) will come back into full force after a partial, two year reprieve. If Congress does not lift the spending caps again, science is in trouble. And that means finding solutions to what ails us, which are dependent on research and innovation, is also in trouble. Our initiative to raise the caps is designed to give you advocacy tools to weigh in with members of Congress to help guarantee they are hearing from their constituents that the status quo is in fact not okay. Cuts are worse, much worse. I urge you not to assume that Congress will do what they have done for several years now, and vote to life the caps. There is so much in play right now-- tax reform, looming debt ceiling, much-needed resources to combat the opioid epidemic, and more -- it is not a time for complacency. I urge you to engage (see our action alert in this newsletter). Watch for a joint digital and print ad campaign on raising the caps to support broad science later this month. We encourage you to join us on social media using the hashtag #RaisetheCaps, and to contact your representatives!