ACTION ALERT: Come to Capitol Hill for Congressional
Visits Day on March 28-29, 2006
This update was originally sent out as an e-mail message to AGI's
The beginning of February marks the start of another budget cycle
for the Federal government, and what better time to come to Capitol
Hill and meet with your members of Congress. Federal geoscience agencies
are again feeling the pressure of a shrinking federal research budget.
More than ever, the geoscience community needs to make a strong case
to Congress about the value of these programs.
A great opportunity to make your voice heard is to come to Washington
on March 28-29 for the 11th Annual Science-Engineering-Technology
Congressional Visits Day (CVD).
Each spring, CVD brings more than 200 scientists and engineers to
Capitol Hill to visit members of Congress and their staff right at
the start of the congressional budget cycle. It will consist of an
opening day of briefings by key administration and congressional leaders
(including a morning pre-briefing at AGU for geoscience participants)
followed by a day of constituent visits with senators, representatives,
and their staff. We can help arrange your visits, either as an individual
or as a group and we can provide you with information about government
processes or updates on legislation being considered in the spring.
Participants in CVD are asked to carry forward a core message that
federally funded research is the Nation's foundation for the future.
In addition, participants can advance their own messages about programs
that they see as valuable examples of the federal science and technology
enterprise emphasizing, for example, the value of the geosciences
to the economy and national security.
It is vital for geoscientists to be represented in science-community
efforts if our discipline is to be a distinctly recognizable and valued
element of the congressional view of "science." For anyone
interested in science policy, this is an opportunity to meet your
elected officials and experience Capitol Hill at the height of political
activity. If you have participated in CVD previously, this is a chance
to continue building a relationship with your members of Congress
and their staff. If not, there is no better time than now to sit down
and talk about funding priorities that are important to you and the
larger science, engineering and technology community. We especially
encourage the leadership of AGI's Member Societies to attend.
More information about CVD and the core message is available on the
CVD website at http://www.setcvd.org.
As March 28th and 29th approach, the site will add more information,
including a downloadable packet of briefing materials to update you
on the need for sustained federal investment in science research,
help orchestrate your visit and familiarize you with the legislative
process. In addition, AGI has a number of articles and updates on
its Government Affairs website (http://www.agiweb.org/gap)
that can provide background and context for some of the issues you
may want to discuss.
If you would like to participate or have any questions or would like
our assistance in setting up a visit, call Margaret Anne Baker in
AGI's Government Affairs Program at (703) 379-2480 x. 212 or e-mail
CVD is organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Work Group
(of which AGI is a member).
Alert prepared by Margaret Anne Baker, AGI Government Affairs Program
Please send any comments or requests for information to the AGI
Government Affairs Program.
Posted January 10, 2006