As we move into the last months of the year without a Fiscal Year 2020 budget that should have been in place on October 1, we are working harder than ever to avoid further long extensions — called Continuing Resolutions or CRs — because they don’t resolve anything! CRs undercut the confidence of young scientists whose future depends on a degree of assurance of support that is already structured to be highly competitive and challenging, without the added question marks raised by apparent disregard by the Congress. And Continuing Resolutions don’t advance medical progress the way we all want it to happen – quickly, because patients are waiting. Join us in our #CRsStopProgress campaign; send a message to decision makers that time is up.
Advocacy is an imperative for every stakeholder in the science community. Every year we honor individuals and organizations who excel in advocacy and inspire us to do more. Elsewhere in this issue you can read about the first round of awardees we have announced; please consider joining us in Washington on March 11, 2019 to honor them and re-commit to hard work ahead in what will then be an election year in full swing. We are working ensure candidates for federal office, in particular, include a commitment to supporting discovery, development and delivery of solutions to what ails us. Stay tuned to Research!America for suggestions of how you can participate.
And speaking of honoring, we will be joined by many of our members and partners in honoring public health heroes on the Monday before Thanksgiving, November 25, 2019. In this issue, we make it easy to call out individuals who often work under the radar, without fanfare, to protect the public’s health at home and across the globe, wherever and whenever health is at risk. Public Health Thank You Day is a way to show support and solidarity. Please take a moment to join us.