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CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ALERT

Seeking Participants for Congressional Science & Technology Visits Day, February 25-26

Posted: January 9, 1998; Action completed 2-26-98

Latest Action:
A summary of this year's Congressional Visits Day is available in the May 1998 Geotimes and on the AGI website.

Alert Text:
This past year, the scientific community has joined together to call on Congress and the President to increase support for research, most recently calling for a doubling of federal research funding in the next decade. In late February, scientists and engi neers from around the country will be taking that message to their senators and representatives here in Washington. AGI is participating in this Science and Technology Congressional Visits Day event, planned for February 25-26, for the second year, and we are hoping to have a strong contingent of geoscientists involved.

We need your help to identify members of AGI Member Societies who would be interested in participating. The event is organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Work Group (of which AGI is a participant) and the Coalition for Technology Partnerships to educate science and technology decisionmakers within Congress through visits with key congressional officials and their staffs. Last year's event produced hundreds of visits with key senators, representatives, and their staff.

Participants in the S&T Visits Day are asked to carry forward two core messages:

In addition, participants can advance their own messages about programs that they see as valuable examples of the federal S&T enterprise.

The first day begins with afternoon briefings by Administration officials and Congressional leaders followed by a Capitol Hill reception. The second day consists of a breakfast briefing and then the actual visits as constituents.

AGI believes that it is vital for geoscientists to be represented in science-community efforts if the geosciences are to be a recognizable (and valuable) element in the congressional view of "science". For anyone interested in science policy, this event s hould 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 on short notice. We hope to have a final list by mid-February in order to leave plenty of tim e for security clearances to the Administration Briefing in the Old Executive Office Building, although it may be possible to add some individuals after that date.

We are particularly seeking geoscientists from the districts and states of key S&T decisionmakers who sit on committees such as:

Rosters of these and other key committees can be found on the AGI Government Affairs web site. For more information is also available on Congressional Visits Day .

If this event appeals to you, and you would be interested in coming to Washington, please let us know by e-mail at govt@agiweb.org, phone to Kasey Shewey at (703) 379-2480 or fax (703) 379-7563.


Contributed by David Applegate, AGI Government Affairs

Please send any comments or requests for information to the AGI Government Affairs Program at govt@agiweb.org.

Uploaded January 9, 1998


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