Groups to launch campaign to keep federal research funding

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"Together, we will work to persuade lawmakers to take a stand against arbitrary budget cuts in order to protect the nation’s health and maintain our global competitiveness."

With the election over, Congress is preparing to confront a combination of expiring tax rates and automatic spending cuts that could threaten the U.S. economy if not addressed by Jan. 1.

The automatic cuts would reduce budgets at federal health agencies by $3.8 billion unless Congress to stop them, according to Research!America.

Next week's effort will involve meetings on Capitol Hill, advertisements, policy forums and social media campaigning, the group said.