Member organizations and media joined Research!America’s two-day #RaiseTheCaps digital campaign September 11-12 to urge Congress to lift budget caps stifling medical progress. Among the highlights of the initiative: Fight Colorectal Cancer wrote an in-depth blog post urging people to #RaiseTheCaps, Roll Call included information about the campaign in Word on the Hill, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer included one of Research!America’s #RaiseTheCaps tweets in an article about FY18 budget talks.
As a result, the two-day push garnered approximately 35,000 impressions on Twitter and nearly 7,000 impressions on Facebook, and the #RaiseTheCaps hashtag was trending on three separate occasions among Research!America’s Twitter followers.
The need to #RaiseTheCaps stems from the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), which established austerity-level federal spending. Unless policymakers take action, sequestration budget caps, or automatic spending cuts for federal agencies, will be back in full force in FY18. It’s extremely important for advocates to contact their members of Congress to make the case for a bipartisan budget deal that raises FY18 “sequestration” caps on discretionary spending. Failure to do so could stall major innovations in bioterrorism and pandemic preparedness, research to end deadly and debilitating diseases, strategies to bolster the nation’s antibiotics supply against the corrosive effect of drug-resistant “superbugs” and much more.
Learn more at www.researchamerica.org/raisethecaps.