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Cutting scientific research funding puts America last. Don’t support it.

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President Trump’s budget proposes slashing investment in scientific research. If passed, it would hurt our economy, ability to make discoveries that change how we live, and our place as a world leader in science and technology.

I live on Long Island, NY -- home to Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Medical Center, and the Brookhaven National Labs. These institutions are some of the largest employers in our area and they depend on funding from federal grants to continue their work in scientific discovery. They also provide the jobs that anchor our local economy.

That’s why we were stunned to see the President Trump’s proposed cuts to the research and innovation funding in his recently unveiled ‘America First’ budget. Key agencies like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- among many others -- are on the chopping block. Not only would these budget cuts be a blow to maintaining our nation’s supremacy in scientific discovery and innovation, but they would have a devastating economic effect on the communities tied to the research institutions funded by these agencies.

Here’s why: federal research dollars to our non-profit institutions help spur the development of innovative products and technologies. This often results in the creation of numerous start-ups and small business -- creating jobs and contributing to the economic well-being of communities.

Ripping away that funding will kill 3,000 jobs at Brookhaven National Labs, alone, -- creating a devastating ripple effect among other areas of our local economy. Not only does the so-called ‘America First’ budget promote bad research policy -- it’s also bad economic policy.

Please sign and share this petition telling Congress to reject the Trump administration’s proposed budget. Donald Trump says he’s putting ‘America First’, but his budget policies will only leave American research and American communities behind.

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