This week, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), the authorization bill for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Like last year's version of this legislation (the FIRST Act), this bill sets arbitrary funding levels for NSF's research directorates and would impose a massive 45% cut on the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) (see COSSA's analysis and statement on the legislation). The bill is scheduled for a markup by the full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Wednesday, April 22.
COSSA strongly opposes this legislation and we need your help to tell Congress that this bill is bad for science. Now is the time to weigh in before the Science Committee votes next week. Visit COSSA's website to contact your Member of Congress and tell them you oppose the cuts to SBE in this bill.
Thank you for taking action on this important effort. Please feel free to share this with your colleagues and others who care about protecting social and behavioral science at NSF.