Final Fiscal Year 2011 research funding still up in the air at press time
With the current Continuing Resolution (temporary appropriation) set to expire on Friday, December 4, Congress will need to address Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations this week. Congress will likely vote to extend the stop gap measure for two weeks (to December 17) to allow additional time to find a solution. Congressional Democrats hope to enact a yearlong Continuing Resolution (CR). The White House is pushing for a year-long CR as well, but it’s likely the new majority will oppose allowing the outgoing leadership to set the terms of the debate. A CR lasting through February is the likely outcome. This would give Republicans the opportunity early next year to use their House majority to enact deeper spending cuts.
APA and its allied scientific and educational organizations are working hard preparing to make the best case for significant appropriations for research funding agencies in the new session of Congress. Watch for stories in SPIN and Psychological Science Agenda detailing ways you can reach out to your members of Congress to make the case for a solid investment in scientific research.