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A Conversation About Science Funding

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April 16, 2018

Dear Robert,

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for robust science funding.  I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond to your comments.

Like you, I believe that investing in the sciences is critical to the United States remaining globally competitive and to our quality of life in general.  I will continue to support policies that will strengthen and broaden our knowledge and ensure that public policy is guided by sound science.

As a community psychologist, I am a strong supporter of research that allows people to lead healthier lives.  As a nation, we have a long and proud record of accomplishment in scientific research that has brought cures and treatments to billions across the globe.

During the last Congress, I cosponsored and voted in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act which was signed into law.  This boosted funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which approves new treatments and cures.  This bill made a number of changes to the drug approval process to ensure that medical cures more quickly reach the people who need them most while also maintaining patient safety.

I will continue to support, as I have every year I have been in Congress, robust funding for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and our health research programs.  In addition, I will continue to advocate for funding for public health, health planning, and health research in Congress.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about this important issue.  Your comments help me to better represent the people of our Congressional District.  Please stay in touch, and if I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to email me through my website at or call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-7924.


Alan Lowenthal
Member of Congress

Author: Kids Talk Radio Science and the Barboza Space Center

Bob Barboza is an educator, STEM and STEAMD++ journalist, software designer and founder/director of the Barboza Space Center, Kids Talk Radio, and Super School Software. Contact:

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