In a letter to Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chair on the Committee of Appropriations, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) urged the passage of the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill by the end of the year.
ASM suggests this over another plan that would be a continuing resolution to keep funding at 2014 levels. According to the letter that type of plan would stifle innovation in science and technological fields with inadequate funding. Sustained funding for these fields is crucial for biological and microbiological science as it requires long-term support. They cite the Ebola outbreak and the the urgent need for vaccines and treatment options that sluggish research and development funding has not been able to produce.
They requested the maximum possible funding to the agencies that support microbiological research like the National Institutes of Health (NIH.) At the very least they suggest funding at pre-sequestration levels for NIH and increased funding to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to streamline scientific progress in the face of biological challenges.
In the past decade, the letter states, that continued use of resolutions have weakened scientific research and could put the country at risk in the case of an epidemic. They close with statements regarding the fact the federally funded research leads to the knowledge and technical tools necessary for medical and scientific personnel to improve the health and lives of U.S. citizens.