Instead of passing an updated budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) before 2016 ended, Congress passed a temporary stop-gap or continuing resolution (CR) that flat-funds government until April 28, 2017. A CR means no increase in funding for medical research and other national priorities. Draft legislation that would direct more funding to these priorities sits waiting for further congressional action, but unless enough of us weigh in, the new Congress is likely to ignore that legislation and simply extend flat-funding until the end of FY17. Americans don’t want our nation to settle for the status quo while others advance. We want our country to do more to fight deadly and debilitating diseases and keep our nation moving forward. Ask Congress to pass a real budget, one that invests more in priorities like public health preparedness and medical research. Americans deserve better than a CR. We deserve progress.