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26 October 2020

AGU staff to use 3 November as a day of service

AGU’s new strategic plan calls for moving Earth and space sciences from usable to used, and finding ways to apply Earth and space sciences research and discoveries to solutions for society’s challenges.

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13 February 2020

President’s budget request is a disappointment for science

While a few vital science programs were funded, overall the president’s proposed budget is a severe disappointment for science and ignores the many ways in which science fuels our economy, safeguards our security, improves our health and well-being, and is critical for a thriving future.

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8 October 2019

AGU welcomes new Congressional Science Fellow, Dr. Kate Voss

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is pleased to announce its newest Congressional Science Fellow, Dr. Katalyn Voss. Now in its 42nd year, AGU’s Congressional Science Fellow program places highly qualified and accomplished scientists, engineers, and other professionals in the office of an individual member of Congress or on a committee for a one-year assignment. Dr. Voss, who started her fellowship in September, has been placed within the office of Sen. …

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2 October 2019

Funding Update: Continuing Resolution keeps government open, appropriations continue

On Friday, 27 September, President Trump signed into law a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the government funded through 21 November 2019. The CR extends 2019 funding levels into the start of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, which began on 1 October. Although this means that science agencies will remain operational, while under a CR agencies cannot award new grants, plan new programs, or budget appropriately. Additionally, the CR can …

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2 August 2019

AGU Commends the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2019

This week, the United States Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2019, which was signed by President Trump. On behalf of the global AGU community of 60,000 Earth and space scientists, I’d like to thank the champions for science on Capitol Hill, as well as the leadership in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, for passing a budget that puts non-defense spending, which includes funding …

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12 March 2019

AGU Responds to White House’s Budget Proposal for FY 2020

On 11 March, AGU issued the following statement from Executive Director/CEO Chris McEntee “AGU Responds to White House’s Budget Proposal for FY 2020.” Click here to read the full statement. Make your voice heard on this critically important issue by reaching out to your member of Congress today to tell them how valuable science is their community and across the nation, and why they should support a fiscal year 2020 budget …

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6 February 2019

Use Your Voice to Make the State of Our Union Stronger

Last night, under the cloud of a delay resulting from the longest shutdown in the history of the United States federal government, President Donald Trump delivered the second state of the union address of his presidency. As in 2018, he again failed to acknowledge the role scientific research plays in advancing our society and economy. Earlier this morning, I issued my own response to the President’s State of the Union, …

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25 January 2019

ACTION NEEDED: Shutdown May Be Over, but Science Isn’t Secure Yet 

After passage by both the House and the Senate, President Trump has signed into law a bill to temporarily reopen the federal government until 15 February. First, I am relieved to know this action means federal employees, including federal scientists, will receive their first paychecks in more than 30 days, and that they will receive the back pay they are owed. Unfortunately, the havoc this unprecedented shutdown has wreaked on …

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4 December 2018

Presidential Citation to Be Presented in Recognition of Bipartisan Science Policy Leadership

As mentioned in our previous post to the community, in recognition of their bipartisan leadership in advancing Earth and space science policy, AGU is awarding the Presidential Citation for Science and Society to Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI). We asked both Senators to share with us what receiving the award means to them. Senator Gardner said: “It is a true honor to receive the American Geophysical Union’s …

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23 November 2018

AGU Applauds the Fourth National Climate Assessment

In 1990, President Ronald Reagan initiated the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and Congress mandated that a report be released at least every four years outlining what climate change – past, present, and future – means for the United States. In the decades since, four of  the National Climate Assessments have been released and AGU members have played a role in each one as authors and as contributors of their …

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21 November 2018

Looking Beyond the U.S. Midterm Elections: Support for Science on Capitol Hill

The recent elections in the United States brought many changes to the policy landscape, many of which will have real consequences for the Earth and space science community. Changes on Capitol Hill can affect the role science plays in critical policy decisions that will have effects both within and beyond U.S. borders.  First and foremost, Congress will have new leaders, including some additional members with professional backgrounds in science. AGU …

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31 May 2018

Following the FY19 Science Budget

With the federal spending bill process for FY19 well underway, AGU has been tracking how our federal science agencies are faring. The process has a long way to go yet, but with some preliminary numbers in for each of the science agencies, I wanted to let you know where things stand today. Currently, the House Appropriations Committee has considered two FY19 appropriations bills that relate to science – The Commerce, …

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16 March 2018

AGU Endorses the 2018 March for Science

On 14 April, 2018, for the second time in as many years, the March for Science is occurring in communities across the globe. AGU is proud to again join as a formal sponsor of this worldwide event in support of science, and to offer direct support to AGU groups participating in local marches. Over the last year, our community has spoken out about many of the policies enacted and statements …

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31 January 2018

President Trump Skips Science in His State of the Union Address

Last night, in his first State of the Union speech to Congress and the American people, President Trump addressed some of the challenges and opportunities facing the nation. In his remarks, the President talked about a number of issues, including immigration and infrastructure, that his Administration has prioritized in the near future. What is especially concerning is what the President did not talk about. President Trump failed to acknowledge that …

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16 November 2017

Defending U.S. Government Employed Earth and Space Scientists

Earth and space scientists work in key positions throughout the federal government. As civil servants, atmospheric scientists at NOAA, seismologists at the USGS, and hydrologists at the EPA– and frankly all other agency scientists – work to help fulfill their agencies’ missions and safeguard the health, economy, and security of all Americans. That’s why it’s so troubling to witness measures taken by some agencies to silence or even discredit federal …

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9 October 2017

Earth Science and Human Activity: Taking Action to Avert Catastrophe

By Linda Rowan, AGU Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences (SIPS) Focus Group President, and Director of External Affairs, UNAVCO Inc. Earth science captures the public’s attention when a natural disaster strikes, when natural resources are needed or when Earth’s environment faces a threat. As the Earth science community prepares to celebrate Earth Science Week from 8-14 October 2017, with a theme of Earth Science and Human Activity, there has been …

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2 August 2017

FY2018 Spending Bill Passes House, Delivering Steep Cuts to the Department of Energy

President Trump campaigned as a proponent of technological innovation and development. Yet his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget slashes funding for research programs at the Department of Energy (DOE). Congress isn’t bound to follow the President’s proposed budget, but last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY2018 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, in which they reduced the overall DOE budget by 9.5% below FY2017 levels and eliminated …

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12 July 2017

Stand Up for Earth and Space Science: Meet with Your Legislator During August Recess

“We need to tell that story,” said my Senator, after I told him how NOAA’s Sea Grant Program budget is only $73 million/yr, even though it helps hundreds of communities to prepare for hurricanes and storm surges and manage coastlines1. I suspected that he would be a strong supporter of science, but I didn’t realize how appreciative he would be to have a clear narrative that he could share with …

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11 July 2017

Public-Private Partnerships Contribute to Resilience Dialogues’ Successful Beta Phase

Across the United States, local leaders are stepping up their commitment to climate adaptation and mitigation.  In addition to our public voice about the urgent need to address climate change, AGU, working with U.S. Global Change Research Program and many other partners, is honored to support those local leaders through the Resilience Dialogues. At the end of June, this program, reached an exciting milestone and I can proudly share that …

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10 July 2017

An Overview of The Federal Budget Process and Congressional Recess Visits

The congressional appropriations processes for FY 18   – in which both the House of Representatives and the Senate decide how to allocate funds among all federal agencies, is beginning in earnest.  Your voice and participation advancing the value of science is needed more than ever.  There is no better time to do this than in August when your members of Congress will be back home during the “congressional recess.”  You …

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