"We urge Congress and the president to take the action necessary to ensure the government does not shut down at the end of the day. We have been pressing for months for a bipartisan budget agreement which will lift the discretionary caps – defense and non-defense caps similarly – and thereby clear the way for House and Senate appropriators to write bills that Congress will approve and that will provide needed support for higher education and research. That budget agreement is necessary to move FY2018 funding forward and must materialize quickly. After all, we are already in the fourth month of the fiscal year! In the interim, we call on Congress and the president to act quickly and responsibly and not shutter government’s many vital functions, among them important research and education projects and programs."