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If your representative is on the House Budget Committee, then ask them to support a bicameral, bipartisan agreement to stop sequestration and raise the spending caps for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

See the corresponding AAS Action Alert.


Lists of representatives who are on the House Budget Committee (ordered by seniority)

Republicans Democrats
Diane Black (TN-06), Chair John Yarmuth (KY-03), Ranking Member
Todd Rokita (IN-04), Vice Chair Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) Michelle Lujan-Grisham (NM-01)
Tom Cole (OK-04) Seth Moulton (MA-06)
Tom McClintock (CA-04) Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)
Rob Woodall (GA-07) Brian Higgins (NY-12)
Mark Sanford (SC-01) Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
Steve Womack (AR-03) Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)
Dave Brat (VA-07) Brendan Boyle (PA-13)
Glenn Grothman (WI-06) Ro Khanna (CA-17)
Gary Palmer (AL-06) Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)
Bruce Westerman (AR-04) Salud Carbajal (CA-24)
Jim Renacci (OH-16) Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Bill Johnson (OH-06) Janice Schakowsky (IL-09)
Jason Smith (MO-08)
Jason Lewis (MN-02)

To find your representative in the House: Find Your Representative (Official US House of Representatives tool).


Draft AAS Member email to your Member of Congress

[EDIT BEFORE SENDING]

Dear Representative X,

My name is [YOUR NAME], and I am an [astronomer / astrophysicist / planetary scientist / heliophysicist] from [City, State] and a constituent of [Sen. Congressperson]. I work at [Institution] in [City, State]

I am writing to ask that you support a bicameral, bipartisan agreement to stop sequestration and raise the spending caps for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

Without an increase in the nondefense discretionary (NDD) cap, funding for basic science research could face significant challenges. Federal investments in basic research are critical and I urge you to protect these investments. [Personalized/local story about the positive impact of federal investment in research. E.g., As a research astronomer, I have federal funding through the NSF. In addition to enabling my research on the constant stream of particles from the sun we call the solar wind, this grant provides resources for me to visit some of the local schools in our district to get kids excited about science.]

If you have any questions about the importance of federal support of basic research, or if I can be of any further help in the future, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m happy to help in whatever way I can.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]


Example Phone Call to your Member of Congress:

[EDIT BEFORE CALLING]

STAFFER A: Hello, Representative NAME's office, can I help you?

AAS MEMBER: Yes, I would like to speak with a staffer about budget issues.

STAFFER A: OK, I will see if he is in right now. <pause> He can speak with you now [note: you may get voice mail, leave the same message as the next bit of conversation].

STAFFER B: Hello, I'm [staff name] and I'm responsible for budget issues... How can I help you?

AAS MEMBER: Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME], and I am an [astronomer / astrophysicist / planetary scientist / heliophysicist] and a constituent of Representative NAME's. I am calling to ask that you support a bicameral, bipartisan agreement to stop sequestration and raise the spending caps for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

Without an increase in the nondefense discretionary (NDD) cap, funding for basic science research could face significant challenges. That limits our ability to make discoveries [like the recent revelation that there are likely billions of other habitable worlds in our galaxy.] The past has shown these investments also spur technological innovations whose effects are felt throughout society and for decades into the future. 

STAFFER B: Thank you for your message, I'll let the Representative know your point of view.

AAS MEMBER: Thanks so much. If I can ever be of help to Representative NAME, please let me know. I am happy to help however I can.


Example Tweets

#NationalSecurity relies on both defense and nondefense. @TWITTER_HANDLE, please #RaisetheCaps! 

Congress must act now to #RaiseTheCaps! @TWITTER_HANDLE, please support a bipartisan deal!

W/O legislation to #RaisetheCaps sequestration returns in FY18. @TWITTER HANDLE, #science is counting you!

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