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AWIS In Action!

 Advocacy & Public Policy Newsletter   ~   November 2012
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Teetering On the Economic Precipice
With the elections behind us, everyone’s attention inside the Beltway has turned toward the looming fiscal cliff. AWIS has been working with several different groups to try to encourage Congress to find a balanced approach to shrinking the deficit. Last week we sent an online tutorial, Advocacy 101, to our members to give them some easy tools for reaching out to their members of Congress. We also joined with Research!America and spoke with several members of Congress and their staff about the importance of federally funded research, including the impact it would have upon the future workforce of this country. On both sides of the aisle members of Congress agree research is important, but getting them to really champion that cause is difficult.
Non-defense discretionary funds, from which the money for research comes, have already taken a big cut this year to the tune of about $1.5 trillion, and many are starting to be more vocal about the idea that a new deal to avoid sequestration and the fiscal cliff needs to take these cuts into consideration. Therefore, we encourage you to write to or call your members of Congress. Tell them why research is important. And while mingling with family and friends over the holidays, encourage them to do so as well. If you need some Turkey Day Talking Points, here are a few:
• Federally funded research is a great investment of tax payer dollars; a very small portion goes to support research and in exchange we get new therapies, better drugs, and effective vaccines as well as technology like Google, Kevlar vests to protect our troops overseas, and the Mars Rover.
• 73% of companies that are started based on academic research form locally, creating jobs and revenue for their communities.
• Federally funded research supports the training of future scientists. The demographics in this country are changing and if there are fewer new jobs, then there will be fewer women and underrepresented minorities getting positions. This will result in fewer positive role models to inspire future scientists, leading to a failure to tap into the full potential of our workforce in the decades to come. That is the antithesis of a strategy to grow our economic and innovative competitiveness. 
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