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March 09, 2018

Minority Views and Estimates of the Democratic Caucus of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on the FY 2019 Budget Request for Submission to the Budget Committee

The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request, while less damaging than his FY 2018 request, continues the trend of making ill-considered funding cuts and underinvesting in the research and development that is critical to the future prosperity, national security, and well-being of the nation. We will not attempt to engage in a detailed discussion of recommended funding levels for specific programs in these V&E, but we urge the Budget Committee, as it works to craft its Budget Resolution to reject the deep cuts to civilian R&D and science and technology programs proposed in the President’s FY 2019 budget request and to attempt to provide at least inflationary growth for those programs. We need to invest in our research agencies, NASA, NOAA, NSF, EPA, DOE, and others that help enhance America’s economic strength, address our national priorities, advance knowledge, and inspire our youth.