ASN, singly or in partnership with like-minded organizations, holds congressional briefings to educate policymakers and other interested stakeholders on the importance of nutrition research and the need for further support.
ASN Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Recommendations
Support fiscal year (FY) 2018 budgets that increase the investment in nutrition research
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
U.S. Department of Agriculture/ Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (USDA/AFRI)
U.S. Department of Agriculture/ Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ ARS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics (CDC NCHS)
On December 6, 2017, 10 ASN members participated in ASN Capitol Hill visits. Representatives of ASN met with 20 congressional offices, including four members of Congress, to urge them to negotiate an agreement to lift the budget caps established under the 2011 Budget Control Act and to pass a fiscal year 2018 budget through an omnibus appropriations bill or any format that avoids another “continuing resolution” (CR). ASN members framed their discussions by sharing personal stories about how federal funding cuts affect their research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other research agencies. Participants suggested that Congress view nutrition research laboratories as small businesses, which lose purchasing power and are forced to lay-off staff as a result of funding cuts. Several also spoke about the importance of having funding to train the next generation of nutrition scientists as well as the lack of career opportunities available for younger researchers in the current climate. Members of Congress and their staff expressed appreciation for the information shared by ASN members.
ASN has also held Hill Day events in 2007, 2013, and 2014, and regularly joins nearly 400 other advocates from scientific organizations, patient groups, and research institutions to take part in the Rally for Medical Research Capitol Hill Day. Now in its fifth year, this event urges Congress to provide support for the NIH.