Along with our partners in broad science advocacy, we witnessed success in February, as Congress and the Administration reached agreement to raise the budget caps for the FY2018 and 2019 budgets – a goal we have been pursuing for months. Yes, advocacy works! Having taken major strides in assuring science speaks with one voice -- and with impact -- the next step is assuring maximum appropriations for science agencies. We are pushing for just that on Capitol Hill and via social media, with the #fundscience campaign. Read more elsewhere in this newsletter, and join us in this effort!
Driving attention to the critical role of research in combatting the opioid epidemic and in understanding and putting an end to deadly gun violence have both escalated in urgency and attention this past month, with every indication that neither will fall off the public – and thus policymaker – radar for some time to come. Nor will we let up on the need to better understand, and put current understanding to work, to overcome mental health challenges. The featured panel at our upcoming annual meeting of members on March 14 will focus on mental health. U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and a member of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, will provide keynote remarks.
Also on March 14, we will gather to celebrate true champions of advocacy at our annual awards dinner. I look forward to seeing you there!