FASEB sent a letter to the House and Senate leaders urging them to reach an agreement to raise the Budget Control Act spending caps as soon as possiblle. FASEB's letter noted that science requires sustained support to produce new knowledge and innovations. The current caps are so low that they short change funding for critical priorities including biomedical and biological research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and other agencies.
Because the spending caps prevented Congress from passing a fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget earlier this fall, all government agencies are currently funded under a "continuing resolution" that expires on December 8. Reaching an agreement to raise the caps will allow Congress to finalize spending decisions for FY 2018, including the proposed $2 billion increase for NIH that was recommended by the Senate Appropriations Committee in September.