Participants Needed for Congressional Visits Day, April 4-5

Posted: January 21, 2000

This update was originally sent out as an e-mail message to AGI's member societies.

In a speech today at Caltech, President Clinton announced that he will request $4.6 billion for the National Science Foundation, a 17 percent increase. Details of the President's budget will not come out until February 7th, but indications are that geoscience-related agencies could see record increases. The budget request, however, is just that, and it will take a concerted effort from the scientific community to convince Congress to turn the presidential request into bipartisan reality.

So mark your calendars and come to Washington for the 5th Annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day (CVD), taking place on April 4-5, 2000. This annual event brings scientists and engineers to Capitol Hill to visit their members of Congress and congressional staff. AGI would like to see a strong contingent of geoscientists at this event, voicing their support for increased federal investment in science and technology. We need your help to identify geoscientists who would be interested in participating. We especially encourage the leadership of AGI's Member Societies to attend.

Last year, more than 200 scientists and engineers from academia and industry attended, including 20 geoscientists. This year's CVD will consist of an opening day of briefings by key administration and congressional leaders followed by a day of constituent meetings with senators, representatives, and their staff. AGI will join with AGU to hold a pre-briefing for geoscience participants on the 4th, and we can help arrange the constituent visits.

Participants in CVD are asked to carry forward two core messages: 1) Federal investment in science and technology is vital to the future of our Nation's people and economy and 2) Science and technology partnerships between government, universities, and industries mean progress, economic growth and jobs. In addition, participants can advance their own messages about programs that they see as valuable examples of the federal science and technology enterprise.

It is vital for geoscientists to be represented in science-community efforts if our discipline is to be a recognizable (and valued) element in the congressional view of "science". For anyone interested in science policy, this event should be a good deal of fun and a great opportunity to have your voice heard in Washington. Please pass this message along to anyone you feel might be interested.

If this event appeals to you or you know of someone who would be interested in coming to Washington, please contact Margaret Baker by e-mail at or phone at (703) 379-2480 ext. 212. Because the Administration briefing may take place in the White House complex, we will need your name as it appears on your driver's license, social security number, and date of birth.

More information is available on the CVD website at, and a summary of the 1999 Congressional Visits Day is available in the July 1999 Geotimes at CVD is organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Work Group (of which AGI is a member) and the Coalition for Technology Partnerships.

Alert prepared by Margaret Baker and David Applegate, AGI Government Affairs Program

Please send any comments or requests for information to the AGI Government Affairs Program.

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