Contact your senators using the templates below and ask them to sign onto a "Dear Colleague Letter" to show their support for robust funding for the Department of Energy's Office of Science (DOE-Science).
Draft AAS Member email to your Senator:
[EDIT BEFORE SENDING]
Dear Senator 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 consider signing on to a Dear Colleague Letter that is requesting robust support for the Department of Energy's Office of Science (DOE-Science).
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 an astrophysicist, I have federal funding through the DOE. In addition to enabling my research on dark matter, 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 letter or would like to add the senator's name, please contact Senator Coons or Senator Gardner by COB Friday, June 2. If you have any questions about the role 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: Hello, Senator Corker's office, can I help you?
AAS MEMBER: Yes, I would like to speak with a staffer about science issues.
STAFFER: 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].
SCI. STAFFER: Hello, I'm [staff name] and I'm responsible for science 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 Senator Corker's. I am calling to ask that the Senator consider signing on to a Dear Colleague Letter that is requesting robust support for the Department of Energy's Office of Science. The letter to the Senate E&W Appropriations Subcommittee supports robust funding for DOE-Science. DOE's investments in basic research lead to exciting new discoveries, [like the recent detections of what could be dark matter at the center of the Andromeda galaxy.] The past has shown investments in basic science research also spur technological innovations whose effects are felt throughout society and for decades into the future.
I would like to ask the Senator to help support robust funding for science research done by DOE-Science and to consider adding his name to this letter by the May 11 deadline. You can get in contact with Senator Coons's or Senator Gardner's office to sign on.
SCI. STAFFER: Thank you for your message, I'll let the Senator know your point of view.
AAS MEMBER: Thanks so much. If I can ever be of help to Senator Corker, please let me know. I am happy to help however I can.