As we go to press, the Administration and Congress are in deep negotiations on several key matters, including funding the government and tax reform legislation that will affect all Americans for years to come. A number of polls reported in the media show that health concerns – including coverage and cost – rank above jobs and defense as public priorities. That reality is one of the key drivers behind the advocacy we pursue on an hourly basis (things are changing that fast right now). By definition, policymakers have many demands on their attention. I urge you to join us in assuring they don’t overlook the future of our nation’s health. Investing in the people - including STEM students from K-12 through post-docs – who will provide the brainpower for a globally competitive and health –enhancing future for the nation, is absolutely essential. So are policies that stimulate instead of hold back innovation in all sectors. As a tumultuous year draws to a close, please join me and all of us at Research!America in encouraging the people we have elected to office to take steps this month to make 2018 a year of extraordinary accomplishment in science as we find solutions to what ails us.