- In a written statement, members of ScienceWorksForU.S.--an awareness project composed of members of the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the Science Coalition--urged Congress to head off across-the-board cuts scheduled to take place next month.
- If sequestration occurs, the group says the effects would be devastating to federal support for university research, with funding being trimmed by over $12 billion in 2013 and almost $95 billion over the next nine years.
- The group's statement also reiterated that a majority of basic scientific and medical research in the U.S. is conducted by universities, making them "ground zero for the discovery and innovation that fuels the economy."
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Leaders from academic research institutions across the nation urged Congress on Tuesday to take action to head off automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to take place next month. Members of ScienceWorksForU.S., an awareness project formed by several national university organizations, said in a written statement that the across-the-board cuts, a process known as sequestration, would have a devastating effect on federal support for university research. ...