It is no secret that Congress is seeking ways to cut the budget. Many programs are being assessed for possible reductions, if not outright elimination. The sciences are not immune from this reality; they may be especially susceptible because of the distance scientists have kept from the public policy process. For years, funding for science programs was constant and many scientists sat on the sidelines of the give-and-take of the authorization and appropriations processes. A sense of complacency or of being above the fray settled in; now, Congressional support could be lost.