US citizens amongst readers and well-wishers of this blog, here is an important legislative alert via the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), of which I am a member. I have shared previous legislative alerts with you – to inform you and enable your participation in this nation’s democratic processes, so that your voice reaches your elected representatives. This time is no different, and this is as crucial as before. I received it via email this morning (the emphasis on the links by bold-face is mine); please read and act.
Wasn’t it yesterday that I wrote about the proposed US Senate bill that would increase the budget of the National Institutes of Health to USD 31 billion in 2014 for biomedical research? I also expressed the concern that although this seemed like the much-awaited glimmer of hope, the bill would have to pass through the Republican-controlled House and would undoubtedly suffer major setbacks to the point of being scuttled. I am powerless to do anything directly, since I am not a US citizen – but I can certainly try to raise awareness of this issue, so that other American scientists and colleagues may do their part and communicate their concerns to their elected members of the Congress.