Petition to The United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate
Stop President Trump's proposed budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health
President Donald Trump released a budget proposal on 3/16/17 which calls for a $6 billion dollar cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or 20% of the NIH's total budget. The NIH uses more than 80% of its budget to provide grant money to university, hospital, and research center scientists who study relevant public health issues. The NIH is the major funding source for research on cancer, asthma, diabetes, autism and developmental disabilities, Alzheimer's Disease, as well as many other debilitating diseases. NIH funding in its current configuration is inadequate to provide scientists with the tools and training that they need to combat these problems. Lack of funding has left many highly trained and qualified scientists with little or no resources to conduct their work which in many cases had strong potential to make significant advances in human health and medicine. The proposed budget cut would paralyze biomedical research; Both ongoing research progress as well as new and innovative research will be halted. These cuts will directly result in fewer advances in medicine. The proposed cuts will also alter the trajectory of science, as they stand to decimate the funding which is necessary for the training of new scientists. This will result in a reduction in the number of highly skilled biomedical experts in this country. Please do not allow this to happen. The NIH budget needs to be increased, not slashed, if we consider health a priority in this country.
Petition to Lee Zeldin
Cutting scientific research funding puts America last. Don’t support it.
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.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Robert Pittenger
Save our State Department’s Education and Cultural Exchange Programs
Education and Cultural Exchange programs funded by the U.S. State Department support our nation’s international diplomacy efforts. They provide young Americans from all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities with the opportunity to serve as cultural ambassadors for our nation in strategically significant areas of the world like the Middle East, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. The Trump administration’s new budget would eliminate nearly all of these programs -- at a time when our country needs the goodwill generated by these exchanges the most. Eliminating these Education and Cultural Exchange programs would be a costly mistake for our country. These programs help build relationships with key civilian partners for sustained peace -- an essential tool needed to fight terrorism. They help us gain the respect of the world, and support our military when the use of force is needed. These initiatives take on even more urgency, with our country’s recent military action against the Syrian government -- the regime at the center of another festering Middle-Eastern conflict crying out for a sustainable peace. Ongoing international cultural exchange is crucial for our country to defend its claim as the world’s “indispensable nation". Eliminating funding for the programs encouraging goodwill and cultural awareness in strategically significant areas will cause us to lose touch with the rest of the world -- leaving us all a bit less safe and free. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that cutting funding for these essential State Department Educational and Cultural Exchange program is a mistake we don’t need to make.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Mike Pence
Don’t let Trump dump essential NASA and NOAA programs
CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE FOR FUTURE UPDATES! In 2017, most climate scientists would tell you that “any weakening of our technological, scientific and human capabilities related to weather and climate” will place American lives and property at risk. Yet the Trump administration recently announced that it was ready to take that risk by unveiling almost $990 million dollars in cuts to NOAA and nearly $200 million in cuts to NASA’s budget. Both agencies play a leading role in collecting and analyzing data vital to climate science. The Trump budget even calls for eliminating $250 million worth of NOAA grants that help coastal communities already dealing with rising seas, beach erosion, and other ravages of climate change. These targeted budget cuts are nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on climate science and the ability of jurisdictions to act in response to climate-related changes to coastal areas across the country. This administration filled with climate change skeptics wants to eliminate our ability to track and measure land and climate changes to our Earth as carbon continues to flood into our atmosphere. We can’t let this happen. If you believe that understanding and mitigating the effects of climate change is key to our future, please sign and share this petition. Let’s come together and tell Congress to dump the Trump budget -- not our essential NASA and NOAA science programs.
Petition to Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Fully fund the Amtrak network
The proposed 2017 budget includes a 13% cut to the Department of Transportation. If passed, this cut would eliminate Amtrak's entire long-distance network, leaving behind only regional trains in the East Coast, the Midwest, and the West Coast, and leaving nearly 200 communities with no rail service to speak of. This would include larger cities—Denver, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, New Orleans, Cleveland, and more—as well as many smaller communities that do not have convenient access to airports and so rely on Amtrak for their travel needs. Amtrak's long-distance network is used for a wide variety of purposes by three million riders per year. Many people rely on Amtrak services for commuting or business trips, others use it to travel and to see the sights of the country, still others use it to visit friends and families during the holidays. Amtrak's long-distance routes are a vital part of America's transportation network, and the subsidy it requires is minuscule in comparison to that given to roadways and airlines. As such, we are calling for full funding to be allocated to Amtrak's entire network in the 2017 budget, so that these services can continue to operate and serve the American people.
Petition to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Stop Natural History Museum IMAX Demolition
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History plans to demolish the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater – the only immersive film experience in DC dedicated to bringing the wonders of the natural world to the giant screen. What will they put in its place? An expanded cafeteria. You read that correctly: An expanded cafeteria is more important than educational documentary films about nature. The demise of such a theater would be an enormous loss to the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who delight in, are inspired by, and learn from such a unique film experience. We are a group of concerned filmmakers and other supporters of educational film who wish to bring public awareness to this issue. We are asking the museum to delay or stop this demolition. Sign our petition to bring this issue to the attention of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and help save an invaluable educational opportunity.
Petition to Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Pete DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Kate Brown
Support Albany Research Center
IMPORTANT: This petition should not be signed on government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your Member of Congress. Research is an integral part of our economy; scientific knowledge has played a critical role in making the United State a leader in innovation. We are writing to encourage you to protect critical funding for the Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), specifically that of the Albany, Oregon site. This is formerly the Albany Research Center - the center for metals which started in 1943 under the Bureau of Mines. The history of the laboratory can be found here on page 127. Current projects, but limited to, include improvements of heart stents and body armor, refractories and materials studies, geological and geospatial analysis. With the senate considering policies that could have long lasting impacts to this nation’s scientific innovation, we ask that you take account the local impact to Oregon. President Trump’s FY18 budget proposes: “As part of the Department’s effort to operate more efficiently, this Request includes a phased approach to consolidation of NETL’s Albany research operations into NETL’s Eastern sites and commissioning of a Mission Alignment study beginning in Q3 FY 2017 that includes: (1) Evaluation of alternatives for locating NETL’s Alloy Metallurgy Capabilities; (2) Study of Environmental Impacts Responsibility & Remediation at the Albany site; and (3) Analysis of Alternatives for Configuration of NETL’s Eastern Sites.” In addition, at the DOE budget hearing on Tuesday, June 20th, Secretary Perry stated: "As part of the Department’s effort to operate more efficiently, the Budget proposes the initial stages of footprint consolidation for the National Energy Technology Laboratory. In a phased approach, we propose to consolidate NETL’s Albany, Oregon site into the NETL’s Eastern sites and initiate a Mission Alignment study in FY 2017 to evaluate alternatives for the consolidation of NETL’s eastern sites." Furthermore, the Subcommittee Markup - FY 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill meets June 28th to discuss energy appropriations. It is critical that we have our voices heard in this time. The NETL-Albany site has 37 federal and 81 contract employees as well as 25 interns who would lose their jobs. Research shows that, for every dollar invested in national service, there are returns of ~$4 in community-wide benefits. NETL Albany has a total economic impact [in Oregon] of $30M in 2016 and as much of $72M in 2009 for research and development performed by government scientists and through grants, contracts, agreements with university, small business, and other members of the community. NETL develops young leaders, provides valuable skills and experience to enter the workforce by providing research opportunities - specifically students from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. Here at NETL-Albany, we believe in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education outreach within our communities in Albany, Lebanon, and Corvallis, Oregon. We - the signed - ask for you, our local Congressmen and representatives - to support sustained funding in your Fiscal Year 2018 priorities and ensure NETL Albany stays open. Thank you for your support, American Federation of Government Employees Local 1104
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives
Help save the aid that saves lives
It’s simple. A tiny fraction of our nation’s budget – just 1% -- saves millions of lives and does a world of good. It pays for childhood vaccines, access to clean water, food and shelter for refugees, and skilled response to disasters in some of the world’s poorest countries. The Administration’s proposed cuts would mean devastation. At a time when 65 million people are displaced, famine is declared in South Sudan, and three other countries are on the brink, foreign aid is needed more than ever. Foreign aid is a small part of the federal budget that pays big dividends. It provides nearly 11.5 million people in impoverished countries with lifesaving HIV treatment. During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, this aid helped millions and prevented the deadly virus from spreading further. And it helps keep America safe by addressing the poverty and chaos that are the breeding grounds for terrorism. As Catholics, we are called to protect the life and dignity of those most in need. Helping people reflects our Catholic and American values. Morally, it’s the right thing to do. We must speak out and shape our government’s responses to foster the common good of all. Sign our petition now.