Last week a much anticipated supplemental funding bill was voted upon in the Senate. The bill, Supplemental Appropriations Act 2008 (H.R. 2642), provides supplemental funds for domestic programs including NSF, NIH, DOE and others. The Senate passed the bill 75 to 22.
The bill now goes back to the House of Representatives, who are expected to vote on it after the Memorial Day recess. President Bush has vowed to veto any bill that includes domestic spending that exceeds his cap of $108 billion. The Senate’s vote of 75 to 22 makes the bill veto proof. We call upon you to encourage House members to do the same.
It is particularly important that this bill pass because it is the only additional funding that these agencies will get until spring, 2009. It will allow the agencies to fund many current research proposals that have been recommended for funding but for which there are not sufficient funds under the current appropriation. It could mean that your or a colleague’s proposal can be funded!
Please contact your member in the House of Representatives and ask them to support H.R. 2642 as passed by the Senate. To identify your congressional representative, visit http://www.house.gov and input your home zip code. Once you have identified your representative call (202) 224-3121 and ask to be transferred to their office. Tell the person in the office that you are calling to encourage Rep. ___ to support H.R. 2642, as passed by the Senate. Make sure to give your name and address to confirm you are their constituent. Please encourage other colleagues, friends, supporters to call their Representatives and voice their support.