APS Opposes President Trump’s FY 18 Cuts To Science

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2017 - The American Physical Society (APS) opposes the deep cuts to federal research in President Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget and urges Congress to reject the proposed cuts, including to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards & Technology, National Institutes of Health, and Environmental Protection Agency.

The detailed cuts, ranging from the DOE Office of Science to the Every Student Succeeds Act — which includes resources for training high-quality science teachers — jeopardize the country's standing as a global leader.

"Sustained, robust investments across all the federal science agencies are essential for the United States to compete in an increasingly global economy, strengthen its national security, improve education, and prepare a 21st century workforce," said Laura Greene, APS president and chief scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

"The president made his proposal, but it’s up to Congress to determine the budget," said Greene. Referring to Congress' rejection of Trump's proposal for fiscal year 2017, she added, "Congress has already shown that it recognizes the crucial role that science plays in U.S. competitiveness."

Contact: Tawanda W. Johnson, APS, tjohnson@aps.org, (202) 662-8702

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