Congressional leaders were urged to reach a budget deal that includes money for defense and scientific research.
Federal funding “for scientific research is an investment in the American economy and domestic workforces that will pay dividends for years to come,” a group of 95 companies, universities and trade groups and societies said in a letter dated today to the Republican and Democratic leaders of the US House and Senate.
“We urge Congress to seize this moment to strike a bipartisan, bicameral budget agreement,” the letter said.
SME (Dearborn, MI), the publisher of Manufacturing Engineering, was among the groups signing the letter.
Congress faces a midnight, Feb. 8 deadline to pass a spending bill or the US government will shut down. There already was a brief government shutdown last month.
The letter said a budget deal should include “strategic investments in scientific research” at the US Defense Department as well as “the Department of Energy; NASA; the National Science Foundation; and the National Institute of Standards and Technology” in the 2018 fiscal year.
“Robust and sustained federal investment in scientific research is essential to strengthening our economic and national security,” the groups said in the letter.