Forwarded from the AAA

[Update: For considerably more information and links, see Mark Liberman's Language Log post

This of course affects linguists in a big way too, since we're part of the NSF's social and behavioral sciences section. I'd encourage overseas readers to write too.

 

From the American Anthropological Association.

ACTION NEEDED: If your Senator is listed below, please call or email your senator this morning.

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED

OPPOSE the Hutchison amendment to S. 2802 (the "American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2006") which excludes the behavioral and social sciences from consideration in the awarding of NSF research grants, and undercuts their role in advancing national innovation and competitiveness.

SUPPORT the amendment to S. 2802 sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) which would eliminate the section of S. 2802 that prescribes research priorities to the NSF.

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Dear AAA Member:

Please consider this request for immediate action. This is likely one of the most important requests for action you will ever receive from the AAA as it involves a legislative threat to National Science Foundation research funding for the social and behavioral sciences. At a meeting of the Senate Commerce Committee TODAY, an authorizing bill S. 2802 focusing on American competitiveness will be marked up ( i.e. negotiated). It is imperative that legislators hear from the social and behavioral science community before this bill is finalized. Please review the following and make a call:
ACTION NEEDED: If your Senator is listed below, please call or email your senator this morning regarding a proposed amendment by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) that would instruct the National Science Foundation (NSF) to direct its resources primarily to the physical sciences. It is likely that the Hutchison amendment would significantly reduce or eliminate NSF funding for the social sciences. Congress should not be micromanaging the NSF, which supports fundamental research in all science disciplines, including anthropology.

MESSAGE: Please contact your senator, identify yourself as a constituent, and communicate the following simple messages:

OPPOSE the Hutchison amendment to S. 2802 (the "American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2006") which excludes the behavioral and social sciences from consideration in the awarding of NSF research grants, and undercuts their role in advancing national innovation and competitiveness.

SUPPORT the amendment to S. 2802 sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) which would eliminate the section of S. 2802 that prescribes research priorities to the NSF.

BACKGROUND: Since last fall's release of the National Academy of Sciences report, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm"

 

  • a congressionally requested report offering a set of recommendations aimed at restoring U.S. advantages in the marketplace, specifically in scientific and technology
  • significant congressional and executive branch attention has been focused on U.S. innovation and competitiveness. A range of legislative initiatives have been introduced to promote innovation and competitiveness in various ways. S. 2802
  • authorizing legislation that frames spending parameters but does not appropriate funds
  • is the latest of these initiatives. Although S. 2802 is only authorizing legislation, it should be noted that many of the senators who will be voting on it also serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee which has spending authority for the NSF.

Members of the Senate Commerce Committee who need to be contacted ASAP:

Ted Stevens (R-AK)
TEL: 202.224.3004
http://stevens.senate.gov/contact.cfm

John McCain (R-AZ)
TEL: 202.224.2235
http://mccain.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Conrad Burns (R-MT)
TEL: 202.224.2644
http://burns.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInfo.EmailMe

Trent Lott (R-MS)
TEL: 202.224.6253
http://lott.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email

Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
TEL: 202.224.5344
http://snowe.senate.gov/Webform.htm

Gordon Smith (R-OR)
TEL: 202.224.3753
http://gsmith.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

John Ensign (R-NV)
TEL: 202.224.6244
http://ensign.senate.gov/forms/email_form.cfm

John Sununu (R-NH)
TEL: 202.224.2841
http://www.sununu.senate.gov/webform.html

Jim DeMint (R-SC)
TEL: 202.224.6121
http://demint.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
TEL: 202.224.3934
Senator_Inouye@inouye.senate.gov

John Rockefeller (D-WVA)
TEL: 202.224.6472
http://rockefeller.senate.gov/services/email.cfm

John Kerry (D-MA)
TEL: 202.224.2742
http://kerry.senate.gov/v3/contact/email.html

Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
TEL: 202.224.2551
senator@dorgan.senate.gov

Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
TEL: 202.224.3553
http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/email/policy.cfm

Bill Nelson (D-FL)
TEL: 202.224.5274
http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
TEL: 202.224.3441
http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Ben Nelson (D-NE)
TEL: 202.224.6551
http://bennelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Mark Pryor (D-AR)
TEL: 202.224.2353
http://pryor.senate.gov/contact/

David Vitter (R-LA)
TEL: 202.224.4623
http://vitter.senate.gov/?module=webformiqv1

George Allen (R-VA)
TEL: 202.224.4024
http://allen.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=AboutGeorgeAllen.SendAnEmail&EmailContactForm=Type+your+e-mail&x=14&y=15

Any questions, please call Paul Nuti at the AAA office – contacts below.
Paul J. Nuti
Director of External, International & Government Relations
American Anthropological Association
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22201
TEL: 703/528-1902 x3008
FAX: 703/528-3546
e-mail: pnuti@aaanet.org

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One response to “Forwarded from the AAA

  1. Thanks for the heads-up, Claire. A message to Sen. Stevens is on its way out.

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