December 18, 2015

APS Pleased With Congress’s Approval of Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Physical Society (APS) is pleased that Congress has approved the fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill, ensuring critical support of the America’s scientific enterprise, the foundation of our nation’s economy.

The big winners in the spending plan are the National Institutes of Health, NASA and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science—agencies that fund long-term research in areas such as energy, health, education and national security.

Long-term scientific research is the backbone of technologies that have improved the lives of all Americans. The CT scan, MRI, the iPhone and the Internet are a few of the myriad innovations that trace their roots to federally funded scientific research.

To APS’s dismay, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) increase in the spending bill essentially keeps pace with inflation at 1.7 percent. From aircraft design, pioneering medical tools and robotics, to discovering how children learn mathematics, NSF has played a key role in funding discoveries that have driven the nation’s economy, improved our quality of life and enhanced national security.

“It’s been a long and fitful slog, but Congress finally got its work done. Research agencies can begin to implement their plans after three months of uncertainty,” said Michael S. Lubell, director of public affairs for APS.

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