Current Action Alert
AAS Action Alert: Support NASA Astrophysics and WFIRST
This week, ask your US senators and representative to support NASA astrophysics and community-derived science priorities. Head to our Action Alert tool to get contact information for your elected officials and talking points from the AAS on the issue.
The administration's budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2019 includes a drastic cut to NASA astrophysics and termination of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), the top-priority space mission of the 2010 consensus decadal survey in astronomy and astrophysics.
The president's budget proposal is only the first step in the annual appropriations process; now Congress is writing the bills that will govern federal spending next year. In the final legislation passed in March to fund the current fiscal year, Congress reiterated its support of community-derived science priorities, and we want to see that support continued in FY 2019 and beyond.
A coalition of industry and university supporters of WFIRST will visit Congress tomorrow (Thursday, 12 April) to advocate for the mission, and you can amplify their efforts from home by contacting your members of Congress with the same messages.
Past Action Alerts
An (incomplete) list of past action alerts.
- Stop the Graduate Student Tuition Tax (December 2017)
- Tax Reform Consequences for Higher (November 2017)
- Support a Bipartisan Budget Deal (July 2017)
- End the Sequestor (July 2017)
- In support of DOE-Science, appropriations (May 2017)
- In support of NSF, appropriations (May 2017)
- In support of the NSF & the DOE Office of Science, appropriations (March 2015)
- In support of increased funding for NASA and NSF, appropriations (May 2014)
- Action alert to end the sequester (December 2013)
- Notice about comments RE: NASA's strategic direction (August 2012)
- Regarding the economic stimulus bill (2009)
- In support of science, appropriations (September 2008)
- Regarding Pu-238 production
- Regarding increasing NASA funding (2007)
- In support of NSF, appropriations (April 2006)
- In support of NASA Explorers, appropriations (May 2004)
- In support of Hubble, HRes 550 (March 2004)
- In support of Beyond Einstein Initiative, appropriations (March 2004)
- In support of Sun-Earth Connection, appropriations (February 2004)
- About ITAR (August 2001)
The AAS's Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) also issues Action Alerts through their Federal Relations Subcommittee. You can find that list of Action Alerts at dps.aas.org/public-policy/action-alerts.