DearColleague.us

Letter

Diana DeGette

From the office of:

Diana DeGette

Sending Office: Honorable Diana DeGette
Sent By:
Matthew.Allen@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Deadline: COB Tuesday, April 28

Endorsed By: Association of American Universities (AAU), American Council on Education (ACE), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Association of American Medical Colleges, Union of Concerned Scientists, ACT for NIH,
Alzheimer’s Association, American Association for Cancer Research, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), American Geophysical Union, American Lung Association, American Mathematical Society, American Meteorological Society, American Chemical
Society, American Physical Society, American Physiological Society, American Society for Cell Biology, American Society for Microbiology, Association of Independent Research Institutes, Autism Speaks, Coalition for the Life Sciences, EveryLife Foundation for
Rare Diseases, Friends of Cancer Research, Geological Society of America , JDRF, Research!America, Society for Neuroscience, Algae Biomass Organization, Consortium of Social Science Associations, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and dozens
more!

Current List of Signers (153): DeGette*, Upton*,
Fitzpatrick
, Haaland, Sarbanes, Lee (CA), Dingell, Bonamici, Price, Davis (IL), Lawrence,
Katko, Morelle, Vargas, Soto, Beatty, Jayapal, Levin (MI), Doyle, McKinley, Trone, Kaptur, Lynch, Tonko, Smith (WA), Deutch, Neguse, Keating,
Rouzer, McNerney, Velazquez, Davis (CA), Kennedy, Cicilline, McGovern, Schneider, Cuellar, Engel, Norton, Carson, Larson, Swalwell, Thompson (MS), DeFazio, King, Ryan,
Yoho, Houlahan, Maloney, Lowenthal, Watson Coleman, Trahan, Espaillat, Boyle, Axne, Wild, Huffman, Kilmer, Foster, Levin (CA), Porter,
Bilirakas, Torres Small, Holding, Lieu, Davids, Suozzi, Beyer, Rush, Nadler, Craig, Blunt Rochester, Pocan, Castor, Higgins, Rice, Carbajal, Demmings, Slotkin, Moulton, Loebsack, Gonzalez (TX), Butterfield, Lamb, Fletcher, Hayes, Welch, Brownley,
Wasserman Schultz, Dean, Meng, Perlmutter, Evans, McCollum, Clark (MA), Clay, Kim,
Wenstrup, Johnson (SD), Thompson (CA), Chu, Underwood, Bacon, Himes, Raskin, Kirkpatrick, Langevin, Johnson (GA), Blumenauer, Pascrell, Lipinski, Malinowski, Crist, Gabbard, Sanchez, Stevens, Pressley, Peters, Matsui, Gallego, Stanton,
Cunningham, Cooper, Ruppersberger, Cole, Yarmuth, Connolly, Finkenauer, Golden, Kuster, Roybal-Allard, Spanberger,
Carter (GA), Gottheimer, McEachin, Escobar, Sires, Baird, Adams, Pingree, Torres, Titus, Crow, Horn, Sherrill, Schiff, Wexton, Fudge, Neal, Cohen, Richmond,
Reed

Dear Colleague, 

We ask you to join us in sending a bipartisan letter urging House Leadership to include funding for scientific and medical researchers in the next COVID-19 relief package.

Given the current shutdown of many university-based laboratories and national laboratories due to the pandemic, we are deeply concerned that the people who comprise the backbone of the U.S. research enterprise – graduate students, postdocs, principal investigators,
and technical support staff – are at risk of losing their employment and their work.

According to IRIS data (iris.isr.umich.edu/impact-report-2020), American universities used research funds to pay more than 560,000 people on campuses across the country:

  • More than 300,000 (53%) are students or trainees
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 (17%) are faculty members

This is more people across the country than (according to BLS 2018 statistics):

  • Aerospace manufacturing (509,400)
  • Utilities (554,600)
  • Airlines (501,300)
  • Motion Pictures (436,300)

Research universities have also spent nearly $14 billion of direct cost research dollars on goods and services in
ALL congressional districts to support on-campus research activities.

  • Of that amount, approximately $3.7 billion was spent with businesses in the same state as the university that conducted the research
  • More than $2.5 billion was spent in purchases from manufacturing firms, a figure equivalent to $203 per employee (based on BLS estimates of 2018 employment)

In addition, research universities play a critical role in understanding pandemics like we are experiencing now and discovering ways to prevent, identify, and treat life-threatening illnesses in the future. We are requesting government relief for the workforce
that sustains the research enterprise and ensures that the United States remains the global leader in scientific research.

Please join us in urging leadership to include this important bridge funding for researchers in the next stimulus package. The text of the letter is below.

If you would like to sign on to the letter,
please fill out this google form
. If you have additional questions please contact Matthew Allen (DeGette) at
matthew.allen@mail.house.gov or Stephanie DeMarco (Upton) at
stephanie.demarco@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Diana DeGette                                                            Fred Upton

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress