2015 Funding Levels for NASA & NSF

Update
June 3, 2014

Thank you for your swift action in contacting your Representatives about H.R. 4660, the Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill that provides funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), among other accounts. Combined, you sent ~550 emails and letters to your Representatives. These communications, coupled with the phone calls made, helped to get our message across.

On Friday May 30, the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 4660. The spending levels proposed for NSF and NASA were maintained and none of the policy provisions from H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, Technology Act were added.


May 29, 2014

Contact Your Representative in the House to Voice Support for Increased Funding for NASA and NSF
This week the House will be voting on H.R. 4660, the Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill that provides funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), among other accounts. The House version of the CJS bill provides funding above both the President's request and the proposed authorization levels for both NSF and NASA. Please contact your representative and ask him/her to 1) Vote for the proposed increased funding levels and 2) Vote against any amendments offered that will damage science such funding levels and restrictive policy provisions contained in H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act.

The vote on both the bill and potential amendments are likely to happen Wednesday, May 28. Please contact your Representative on or before May 28th.

Instructions on whom to contact and how to do so are provided below, along with sample communications.

How to Contact Your Representative by Email
  1. Navigate to APS Write Congress.
  2. Enter your home address into the form under "Compose Your Own Message" and click "Write Legislators."
  3. Enter your contact information; be sure to uncheck the boxes for your Senators and for the President, as they won't be voting on this issue.
  4. Select "Science" as the topic and enter a subject line.
  5. Compose your own message or use the sample email provided below.
  6. Click Send.
Dear [[Recipient's Title and Name]]:

My name is [YOUR NAME], and I am a physicist from [City, State] and a constituent of [Rep. Congressperson]. I work at [Institution] in [City, State].

I am writing to ask that you support the strong funding levels for science research at NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in H.R. 4660, the Fiscaly Year 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act. We face a difficult moment in history when it is important to both reduce the deficit and debt while also maintaining and growing our economy in the 21st-century. Economists all agree that, since the end of World War II, science and technology have been responsible for more than half of the United States GDP growth. In order to compete in knowledge and technology industries which promise future growth, we need to maintain robust federal support for scientific research.

[Personalized story of how NSF/NASA support has made a positive impact in research for you, your colleagues, or others within the Congressional district].

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[YOUR NAME]
How to Contact Your Representative by Phone
  1. Navigate to APS Write Congress.
  2. Enter your home address into the form under "Find Your Elected Officials" and click "Go."
  3. Use the contact information on this screen to contact your Representatives. You may use the sample phone script below.
STAFFER: Hello, Congressman X office, how may I help you?
YOU: Hi. I'd like to speak with the science staffer about the upcoming vote on H.R. 4660.
STAFFER: Let me see if they are in currently. [You may get to speak with them, be asked if you can deliver your message to the staffer, or be asked to leave a voicemail.]

Upon reaching the science staffer personally or leaving a voicemail:

YOU: Hi, my name is [your name] and I'm a constituent of Congressman X. I am a physicist and I'm calling to urge to Congressman to support the strong funding levels for science research at NASA and the National Science Foundation in H.R. 4660, the Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act. We face a difficult moment in history when it is important to both reduce the deficit and debt while also maintaining and growing our economy in the 21st-century. Economists all agree that, since the end of World War II, science and technology have been responsible for more than half of the United States GDP growth. In order to compete in knowledge and technology industries which promise future growth, we need to maintain robust federal support for scientific research.

I am also asking that the Congressman oppose any amendments that would seek to undo the strong support for scientific research currently contained in H.R. 4660.

SCIENCE STAFFER: Thank you for your message, I will convey it to the Congressman.
YOU: Thank you for your time. If I can be a resource on these issues I'd be happy to help however I can.