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March 24, 2020

Views and Estimates of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on the FY 2021 Budget Request for Submission to the Budget Committee

As was the case last year and the year before that, the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Request reflects a lack of vision about the critical role that the nation’s science and technology enterprise plays in ensuring our international competitiveness, promoting our citizens’ quality of life, and protecting our national security. The Budget Request proposes deep cuts to vital research and development (R&D) programs and initiatives. America risks losing its preeminence in an increasing number of scientific and technological areas if we fail to make adequate investments in those areas. 

Our message to the Budget Committee and the rest of Congress is a simple one: Namely, if enacted, the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request for the nation’s R&D agencies would do serious harm to the nation both now and over the long term and it should be rejected by Congress.