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STAC Applauds Historic Science Investment in Omnibus Bill

December 22, 2022

Today, the Science and Technology Action Committee (STAC), a non-partisan coalition of non-profit, academic, foundation and business leaders advocating for greater focus and funding of science and technology, issued the following statement on the FY23 omnibus appropriations bill released by Congress on December 20th. STAC members urge Congress to pass this agreement as soon as possible.

STAC’s Statement:

The FY23 omnibus appropriations agreement announced by Congress this week represents a major milestone in funding key investments in science and technology that will fuel new innovations, strengthen domestic supply chains and build a robust talent pipeline of STEM workers. Overall, the spending bill funds many key provisions of the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act, which Congress passed earlier this year. That includes an historic boost for the National Science Foundation — which will receive an increase of $1 billion or nearly 12% above last year’s enacted level — as well as a significant $1.6 billion in funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

These vital investments will power the U.S. economy, national security and global competitiveness for years to come, ensuring that new technological advancements are created here at home to fight the greatest challenges of our time. We’re excited to work with the 118th Congress on further advancing science and technology priorities in the new year.

The Science & Technology Action Committee (STAC) is a group of 25 non-profit, academic, foundation, and corporate leaders working to dramatically strengthen U.S. science and technology. The Committee is co-chaired by: Bill Novelli, Professor Emeritus and founder of Business for Impact at Georgetown University and former CEO of AARP, Sudip Parikh, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Executive Publisher of the Science Family of Journals, Mary Woolley, President & CEO of Research!America, and Keith Yamamoto, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy at UCSF and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).