Helium

Encourage your members of Congress to support legislation that keeps the Federal Helium Reserve open past 2021 and creates a robust helium recycling program.

Liquid helium is the professional lifeblood of tens of thousands of scientists and engineers across America’s discovery and innovation landscape, including universities, industries, and national laboratories. It has enabled the development of billion-dollar industries, fueled essential life-saving medical diagnostic tools, led to thousands of patents, generated numerous Nobel prizes – and it remains essential to future innovation.

According to an APS survey of helium users nationwide, the average price of liquid helium has increased by nearly 25% from 2018 to 2019; some researchers’ prices have doubled. Please write your member of Congress to ask them to introduce legislation that keeps the Federal Helium Reserve open past 2021 and creates an extensive helium recycling program for federally supported researchers.


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The Impact of Personalized Emails

Although personalizing your email with your own experiences and anecdotes may take a few extra minutes, research shows that it is well worth the time. According to a Congressional Management Foundation survey, individualized emails are the second most effective method overall for positively influencing a member’s decision on an issue. Individualized email messages are also 64% more effective than form email messages.

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Furthermore, 83% of congressional staff surveyed said that it would take more than 50 form emails for them to consider taking the action requested. On the other hand, 70% of staff said that it would take less than 50 personalized emails for them to consider taking action. We encourage you to personalize your emails to Congressional members in order to maximize the impact of your voice.

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