Ranking Member Outlines Impacts on R&D Funding Cuts

Rep. Norm Dicks, the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, has outlined what he anticipates will be the impacts of dramatic reductions in departmental and agency budgets that are scheduled to occur on January 2, 2013.

U.S._House_SealRep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, has outlined what he anticipates will be the impacts of dramatic reductions in departmental and agency budgets that are scheduled to occur on January 2, 2013. In a 15-page report that was recently released to his colleagues in the House, Dicks wrote:

“My purpose here is to illustrate the consequences of an automatic, across-the-board, uniform percentage reduction prescribed by the Budget Control Act (BCA). This letter will examine the impact of sequestration on the whole range of Federal responsibilities and, I hope, help make the case for Congress to act responsibly by agreeing to a more sensible approach to deficit reduction.”

This letter is the latest report on the impacts these funding cuts could have on R&D programs. The Office of Management and Budget issued a report in September, followed by two reports by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. All four reviews concur that the damage to federally-supported research and development programs would be highly significant.

Here is an excerpt from the Dicks’ report pertaining to R&D programs:

Department of Energy:

“Sequestration would cut $423 million from Science and ARPA-E at the Department of Energy. Federally supported basic research has been a reliable source of new knowledge and new products. This cut would significantly curtail fundamental research in areas of science that are a key to our nation’s prosperity and to preserving America’s place as the world leader in science and technology. Given the long time horizons necessary to make significant progress in the area of science, Federal support of fundamental research is necessary and an investment that the private sector, with its required attention to short term earnings, cannot support.”

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Source: Richard M. Jones | American Institute of Physics
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