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Zeldin, Science, and Undue Credit

Zeldin, Science, and Undue Credit

Taking Undue Credit

Many of you, like me, received an email yesterday from Rep. Lee Zeldin. In it, he takes credit for the National Science Foundation's awarding five grants totaling $2.2 million to Stony Brook University scientists. Despicably, Zeldin takes credit where credit is undue.

To be clear, the funding is good for the nation and the people of NY-1, but it is awarded competitively by a scientific panel with no input from individual members of Congress, Lee Zeldin included. Praise for the grants belongs with the scientists whose thoughts and efforts were rewarded, not with a politician whose support for scientific research is suspect at best.

Reading between the lines in Rep. Zeldin's press release:

  1. He brags about the funding of $7.5 billion for the National Science Foundation being part of H.R. 244, which he voted for. But what Zeldin does not tell us is that this bill was passed by last year's Republican House and represented a 25% CUT to the National Science Foundation budget amount — hardly worth bragging about.

  2. Zeldin does not mention that this year's funding amount was $8.1 billion, and he voted against it.

Unlike Rep. Lee Zeldin, I believe in science 100%, I strongly favor maximizing government spending on scientific research, (and I will not try to take credit for things I don't actually vote for). If you agree, chip in $5 to my campaign today. Let's get Long Island back on track.

More soon, Perry

Posted on August 1, 2019.

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