APA Weighs in on FY10 Budgets for NSF and NASA
On April 2, Steve Breckler, APA’s Executive Director for Science, delivered testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, chaired by Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV). The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are funded annually through this Subcommittee, and Breckler urged members of Congress to support President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) request for both agencies. For NSF, the President’s request of $7 billion is consistent with recent Administration and Congressional plans to invest substantially in federal science agencies with the capacity to stimulate global competitiveness and innovation. In our APA testimony, Breckler noted the importance of ensuring that overall increases for the agency must be reflected in increases for NSF’s behavioral and social science research portfolios. The President’s FY10 request of $18.7 billion for NASA would address ongoing budgetary shortfalls and enable the agency to move forward with the Vision for Space Exploration while also sustaining its non-Exploration missions. Public testimony is one opportunity for Congress to hear from outside organizations as it begins to draft appropriations bills for the next Fiscal Year, and APA will continue advocating for NSF and NASA research funding throughout the long appropriations process.