Scientists and Congress

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Science  13 Apr 1984:
Vol. 224, Issue 4645, pp. 127-129
DOI: 10.1126/science.224.4645.127


Scientists are urged to make their views known to members of Congress. To be effectively heard, they should establish personal contact with their congressmen and senators and their staff. Communication should be frequent, personal, and carefully focused. In the last 2½ years, federal funding of scientific research has been severely cut back, while military research funding has been increased. The selection process for funding research is being politicized. Scientists should concern themselves with what is happening politically because the quality of American scientific research is being threatened.