ASM praises passage of 2014 omnibus appropriations bill

The American Society for Microbiology, a U.S. life sciences organization, praised Congress on Friday for passing the omnibus spending bill that will fund the government through the rest of fiscal year 2014.

ASM said the passage of The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, also known as House Resolution 3547, recognizes that basic research and public health programs are a national priority. The legislation provides increases to reinvest in federal agencies and programs of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy's Science Office and other research funding agencies.

ASM pointed out that funding for life sciences research remains far from ideal, given the number of scientific programs and opportunities that are not able to be pursued.

"The additional resources provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act, the agreement which set discretionary funding at $1.1 trillion, a 2.6 percent increase from the sequester-reduced level of FY 2013, will help to partially rollback and eliminate some of the harmful sequestration cuts for research, but federal funding for research remains too low, even without adjusting for purchasing power lost over the past decade," Jeff Miller, the president of ASM, said. "We are encouraged that stability has been returned to the budget process for FY 2014, and we urge Congress and the administration to build on bipartisan efforts to restore regular order to the appropriations process for the future, to continue work to find a permanent replacement to sequestration under the Budget Control Act and to increase funding for innovative research and programs essential for public health."

ASM urged Congress and the Obama Administration to provide additional increased investments to allow the scientific process to improve the security, health and economic wellbeing of the American people.

ASM, a life science society composed of more than 39,000 scientists and health professionals, attempts to advance the microbiological sciences as a way to understand life processes and apply this knowledge to improve health, environmental and economic wellbeing. The ASM holds multiple meetings per year, including its Biodefense Research Conference.

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