This week, ask your representative to oppose the House Budget Resolution and instead support a bipartisan budget deal that raises the cap for nondefense discretionary spending and achieves parity.
Refer to the corresponding AAS Action Alert.
- Draft AAS member email to your member of Congress
- Example phone call to your member of Congress
- Example Tweets to your member of Congress
To find your representative in the House: Find Your Representative (Official US House of Representatives tool).
[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 oppose the current House Budget Resolution and support a bipartisan budget deal.
The proposed cut to the nondefense discretionary cap will result in significant cuts to our nation's science portfolio. I urge you to oppose this cut and to protect federal investments in basic research by supporting a bipartisan budget deal. [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.
[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 the representative oppose the current House Budget Resolution and support a bipartisan budget deal.
The proposed cut to the nondefense discretionary cap will result in significant cuts to our nation's science portfolio. I urge Representative NAME to oppose this cut and to protect federal investments in basic research by supporting a bipartisan budget deal. [Brief personalized story about the importance of federal investments. E.g., 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.
#NationalSecurity relies on both defense and nondefense. @TWITTER_HANDLE, please oppose the #HouseBudget and #RaisetheCaps!
Congress must act now to #RaiseTheCaps! @TWITTER_HANDLE, please support a bipartisan deal!
@TWITTER HANDLE, #science is counting you to oppose the #HouseBudget and #RaisetheCaps!