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Get more information about the Washington Office and AMS Government Relations and Programs and check out the Capital Currents blog.

Congressional Budget Watch

The White House released President Trump’s full budget proposal for FY2018, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” This followed the March release of his budget blueprint. The proposal is devastating for science and reduces non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding in order to increase defense spending. The document lays out \$479 billion for non-defense programs, which amounts to \$57 billion less than current spending. The White House has proposed slashing funding for all federal departments besides Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.  Read more ..

Also, see the Washington Office blog for information on how the annual Congressional process unfolds (or should unfold).  And, for more details and up-to-date materials, the American Association for the Advancement of Science is a great resource.

Hirono Introduces STEM Opportunities Acts

Senator Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI) has introduced the STEM Opportunities Act (S. 1270) and the Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act (S.1246), in a plan to increase opportunities for women and minorities in STEM.  Introduced with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) Ranking Member on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, the Act would help create grant opportunities and better promote inclusion efforts at federal sciences agencies and elsewhere.

Karen Saxe, Director of the AMS Washington Office, explains "women and minorities are lost at every key point along the way in STEM classes and degree programs.  Success in mathematics in particular is the most significant barrier to degree completion in both STEM and non-STEM fields ... it is critically important that we have programs in place -- like those promoted by the STEM Opportunities and STEM Booster Acts -- that help share best practices for overcoming these barriers and ensure that we are able to retain women and minorities in STEM fields."  Learn more about this new legislation.

Mathematics on Capitol Hill

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) are pleased to announce an upcoming Congressional lunch briefing in Washington, DC.  On June 28, Professor David Donoho (Stanford University) will present "Blackboard to bedside: How high-dimensional geometry is transforming the MRI industry." Donoho's presentation will tell the story of how US investment in basic research in the mathematical sciences led to breakthroughs in MR imaging. If you will be in Washington, DC on June 28th, you are invited to join us at this important event.  RSVP today!  

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