Sending Office: Honorable Jason Crow
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Santiago.Gonzalez@mail.house.gov

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Dear Colleague:

I invite you to join me in requesting funding for the Antarctic Infrastructure and Modernization for Science (AIMS) project, through the United States Antarctic Program (USAP), to support America’s science research in Antarctica.

The Antarctic Treaty was signed on December 1, 1959, and since then, the United States has been promoting its goals to encourage international cooperation in the region and conduct high-quality science research. The AIMS project was initiated to ensure that
McMurdo Station, the U.S. Antarctic research center on Ross Island, remains a viable platform for supporting Antarctic science for the next 35 to 50 years.

This project, which is now more than one year into its planned investment, continues to provide critical infrastructure investments at McMurdo Station. Proposed improvements to McMurdo Station will consolidate the 104 existing buildings to just 6 primary
structures, significantly reducing the station’s footprint. Doing so will greatly decrease energy demands for heating, lighting, and water production, significantly reducing overall fuel consumption.

You can watch a video on the AIMS project
here
.

Please join me in signing the letter to continue support for this AIMS in FY 2020. This will be year two of a five year plan, at which point the infrastructure investments will be complete.

To sign on, or if you have any questions, please contact Santiago Gonzalez in my office at
Santiago.Gonzalez@mail.house.gov by COB on Monday, April 15.

Sincerely,

/s/
__________________
JASON CROW
Member of Congress


April XX, 2019

Dear Chairman Serrano and Ranking Member Aderholt,

As you prepare the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill we respectfully request that full funding be provided for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), including any specific
requests for infrastructure modernization.

Americans have been studying the Antarctic and its interactions with the rest of the planet, without interruption, since 1956. These investigators and supporting personnel make up the USAP, which carries forward the Nation’s goals of supporting the Antarctic
Treaty, fostering cooperative research with other nations, protecting the Antarctic environment, and developing measures to ensure an equitable and wise use of resources.

NSF supports the USAP, and even more specifically the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) initiative, but often struggles with having adequate funding within their budget to afford all the capital expenditure needed to keep the program
operational and make AIMS funding a priority. Once implemented, AIMS will provide significant cost and workforce efficiencies for Antarctic research and operations. Proposed improvements to McMurdo Station will consolidate the 104 existing buildings to just
6 primary structures, significantly reducing the station’s footprint. Doing so will greatly decrease energy demands for heating, lighting, and water production, significantly reducing overall fuel consumption. The efficiencies will prevent the escalation of
operations and maintenance costs that the aging infrastructure currently requires and create safer working conditions. AIMS is designed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the USAP.

It is imperative that this program remain at a fully funded level as USAP represents the United States in Antarctica. All AIMS activities are funded out of the USAP operations budget at this point in time, until the project reaches sufficient maturity to be
proposed as an Major Research Equipment & Facilities Construction (MREFC) project.  Keeping AIMS on schedule in an already budget constrained environment has proven to be challenging; doing so with a budget cut would prove to be nearly impossible.

Of the funds made available to the NSF, I ask that full funding, as requested by NSF, be provided for the USAP for FY 2020, including any specific requests for Antarctic infrastructure modernization. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this important
request.

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