FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | December 22, 2018

American Chemical Society disappointed by US federal government shutdown

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 2018 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) is disappointed that the administration and Congress were unable to come to a bipartisan agreement on a funding bill for 2019, forcing a partial shutdown of government operations. ACS calls on both parties to set aside partisan differences and work together to finalize a spending agreement.

The shutdown threatens funding at critical science agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Chemical Safety Board.

Moving forward, the Society continues to advocate for sustained funding for science within the U.S. as outlined in its public policy statement Science and Technology in the Budget.

ACS will be closely monitoring this situation and providing updates to its members via Twitter.

The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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