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H. Res. 550 Bill

AAS ACTION ALERT 2004-02

SUMMARY

This Action Alert asks AAS members to quickly contact their

member of Congress and ask that he or she sign on as a co-sponsor to H.Res. 550, a bill entitled "Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives relating to the extraordinary contributions resulting from the Hubble Space Telescope to scientific research and education, and to the need to reconsider future service missions to the Hubble Space Telescope."

BACKGROUND

Sun-Earth Connection Division (SEC)

AAS ACTION ALERT 2004-01

 

SUMMARY

This Action Alert calls upon AAS members to contact their members of congress to repair the cuts to the Sun-Earth Connection Division (SEC) of the Office of Space Science in the President's FY 2005 budget submission. (Subsequent Action Alerts will focus on other critical areas: SEU, explorer class missions, etc.)

American Astronomical Society Supports Congressional Call for Review of Hubble Servicing Mission Cancellation

In a statement released today, the American Astronomical Society, the largest professional scientific association for astronomers and astrophysicists, has endorsed the congressional call for a review of the decision to cancel future Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions.

Texas Board of Education

AAS ACTION ALERT 2003-06

[Mailed to US members from aas.org at 10:15am 20 OCTOBER 2003]

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The American Institute of Physics, in partnership with many of its member societies is asking that members in Texas consider signing on to the letter given below.

Kevin B. Marvel
Deputy Executive Officer
American Astronomical Society

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Here is the request for action from the AIP:

Ask Senators and Representatives to Contact Space Environment Center

AAS ACTION ALERT 2003-03

Act By: September 1, 2003

SUMMARY

The Space Environment Center operated by NOAA received a severe cut to its budget in the Omnibus appropriations bill of FY2003 and this cut has not been restored in the House Appropriations Bill for FY2004. Members are asked to contact their Senators to help address this issue.

BACKGROUND

Contact Senate VA-HUD-IA Appropriations Subcommittee

AAS ACTION ALERT 2003-02

 

SUMMARY

This action alert requests AAS members to write to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Veteran’s Administration-Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies (VA-HUD-IA) Appropriations Subcommittee requesting that funding be provided to meet the President’s ambitious goal of doubling the NSF budget.

BACKGROUND AND SITUATION

NSF Authorization Act

AAS ACTION ALERT 2002-03

Summary

The Senate is now considering the NSF Authorization Bill, but the process has slowed down. Input from the scientific community will help ensure that the bill is passed this year. AAS members are requested to send letters to selected senators asking that the process move forward quickly.

Background

Comments Requested by FCC Spectrum Policy Task Force

AAS ACTION ALERT 2002-02

COMMENTS TO FCC SPECTRUM POLICY TASK FORCE DUE 8 JULY 2002

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formed a Spectrum Policy Task Force (SPTF) to take a modern look at their policies governing electromagnetic spectrum use with the goal of trying to increase efficiency and flexibility. A governing principle is "economic value." The charge, which Raises 23 questions (many multipart), is broad. FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell was quoted in the 19 June 2002 Washington Post regarding the new FCC philosophy:

Budget Committee Contact

AAS ACTION ALERT 2002-01

Summary
This Action Alert asks AAS members to call and fax members of the Senate Budget committee to ask for an increased budget for the NSF and send thank-you notes to members of the House Budget committee for providing funds for an 11% increase for NSF, 5% above the President's request. Contact information and a draft FAX are included at the end of this Alert.

Background

International Traffice In Arms Regulations (ITAR Issue)

AAS ACTION ALERT 2001-05

SUMMARY

This Action Alert summarizes the current FY2002 budget situation and discusses a policy topic broadly known as the ITAR Issue. We recommend that AAS members write letters to two specific members of Congress thanking them for their recent action on the ITAR issue. We also include a short summary of the FY 2002 Budget situation.

FY 2002 Budget Summary

Initial Appropriations Action Alert

AAS ACTION ALERT 2001-04

SUMMARY

This Action Alert requests members to write letters to their member of Congress (and send cc's to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House VA-HUD-IA Appropriations Committee) to request increases in funding for basic science in the VA-HUD-IA Appropriations bill. Members should complete their communications no later than the week of 18 June, although regular communication throughout the summer would be very helpful.

Anneila Sargent President, American Astronomical Society

Pennsylvania School Board Issue

AAS ACTION ALERT 2001-03

(Sent to members in Pennsylvania only)

Summary

This ACTION ALERT summarizes a current effort underway in Pennsylvania to modify the Science and Technology Standards in the state education system in such a way as to decrease the overall level of scientific understanding.

It was forwarded to the AEB by a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and is being forwarded to all AAS members in Pennsylvania on behalf of the AAS Astronomy Education Board.

Bruce Partridge, AEB Chair

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