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(The letter below was also sent to Senate Appropriations Chairman Byrd, House Speaker Pelosi, and House Appropriations Chairman Obey).

January 2, 2007

The Honorable Harry Reid
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Reid:

I write to ask that you strongly consider including increased funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF), at the levels approved by the House and Senate Appropriations Committee during the 109th Congress, when the extension of the continuing resolution for FY 2007 is deliberated.

As you know, the NSF supports research and education programs that are critical for maintaining U. S. innovation leadership and sustaining economic growth in the coming decades. Investments in the NSF should not be put off for another year as continuous development and growth of our scientific foundation is essential for a robust innovative environment.

Investments in basic research enjoy strong bipartisan support. The Democratic Innovation Agenda calls for doubling the NSF budget over five years, and the Administration's FY 2007 budget calls for doubling the NSF over ten years. Doubling basic research investments is a multi-year effort and the process needs to start now.

We will reap the benefits for years to come for an incremental investment of $439 million for the NSF, as support for basic research has consistently led to new inventions, new industries, more jobs, and increased productivity. Increasing the NSF budget in the limited adjustment to the continuing resolution would be a simple and necessary step to ensure U.S. competitiveness.

Thank you in advance for giving this matter serious consideration.



Alan P. Covich