CGS President Calls for End to Partial Shutdown

    CGS President Calls for End to Partial Shutdown

     

    “With the partial government shutdown now approaching its third week, it is imperative that Congress and the White House work together to fund the outstanding Fiscal Year 2019 appropriation bills,” says Suzanne Ortega, President of the Council of Graduate Schools. “CGS is particularly concerned that this abrupt halt in funding is impacting the research and innovation being conducted within our member institutions and the scientific community.” Seven federal fiscal spending bills have yet to be passed, encompassing agencies including the National Science Foundation, Department of Agriculture and Research, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the U.S. Geological Survey. These agencies provide critical dollars that support not only graduate research, but the broader institution and the public. As a result of the shutdown, some agencies are required to furlough their researchers or not accept new funding proposals. Travel of federal staff and cancellations of review panels resulting from the shutdown are creating additional challenges for stakeholders in the academic and research arenas.

     

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