ALERT: Congressional Visits Days are May
This update was originally sent out as an e-mail message to AGI's
Although the economy is showing signs of a rebound, we are still
fighting a war on terrorism at home and abroad. With the President's
goal of cutting the deficit in half over the next five years, spending
cuts will be made in the upcoming budget year. Federal geoscience
agencies are feeling the pressure, and it is important that these
investments in the future be maintained. More than ever, the geoscience
community needs to make a strong case to Congress about the value
of these programs.
Each spring, the Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits
Day (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. This year, CVD will take place
May 10 - 11, 2004. 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 Washington, DC at the height of political
activity -- the midst of the budget cycle is always an action-packed,
fast-paced time. In addition, although it is a very busy time for
Congress and their staff, they do want to hear from their constituents
and they are very enthusiastic about meeting scientists, hearing about
their work and understanding how geoscience research and development
may relate to national priorities, such as a healthy and robust economy
and a secure nation. We especially encourage the leadership of AGI's
Member Societies to attend.
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. Because Congressional offices
are notoriously small, your meeting may be in the Member's office,
before or after a committee hearing or while walking down the hall
to vote. Whatever the situation, the experience is sure to be memorable.
More information about CVD and the core message is available on the
CVD website at http://www.setcvd.org.
As May 10 and 11 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
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 Linda Rowan in AGI's Government
Affairs Program at (703) 379-2480 x. 228 or Emily Wallace at (703)
379-2480 x. 212 or e-mail each at firstname.lastname@example.org
CVD is organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Work Group
(of which AGI is a member).
Alert prepared by Emily Lehr Wallace, AGI Government Affairs Program
Please send any comments or requests for information to the AGI
Government Affairs Program.
Posted February 25, 2005