I love science, and so do you! Don't deny it. So it is time to step up. Our science mistress needs us now. The NIH budget is under attack in the current GOP budget, HR1, which proposes a 1.6 BILLION dollar reduction in the National Institute of Health (NIH) budget. The NIH funds basic biomedical research, which is the foundation upon which new therapeutics are built. The NIH is also the source of funding for a LOT of graduate students and postdoc researchers. Boehner may not care about those jobs, but I do.
MAKE THE CALL! Listen to Dr. Isis and Tideliar: Call your representative to tell him/her that you OPPOSE the cuts in HR1. If you need to find the number for your representative, or real the call to action from Dr. Talman at FASEB urging action, go here. Then put that # in the speed dial. Our representatives need to hear from us more often. Oh, and while you are at it, drop them an email, using this handy web form.
I just got off the phone with my rep, so now it is your turn to call. Let's make sure that the folks considering this budget understand the implications of this kind of cut to the NIH.