Ask your Member of Congress to Sign NSF/NIH Letters

March 16, 2015

BACKGROUND

Two “Dear Colleague” letters are currently seeking signatures. These letters are a mechanism for Members of Congress to express their funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year to the Appropriations Committee.

(1)    National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter – Representatives G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and David McKinley (R-WV) are circulating a letter to the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee asking that the National Science Foundation (NSF) receive $7.724 billion in FY 2016.  This is the same amount COSSA is requesting.  The deadline for Members of Congress to sign this letter is this Wednesday, March 18 at 1:00 pm EDT.

Members of Congress wishing to sign the NSF letter should contact Dennis Sills (Rep. Butterfield) at dennis.sills@mail.house.gov or Audrey Smith (Rep. McKinley) at audrey.smith@mail.house.gov.

(2) National Institutes of Health Dear Colleague Letter – Representatives David McKinley (R-WV), Susan Davis (D-CA), André Carson (D-IN), and Peter King (R-NY) are circulating a letter to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Subcommittee asking that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) receive at least $32 billion in FY 2016, the amount requested by COSSA.  The deadline for Members of Congress to sign this letter is this Friday, March 20.

Several House Members have already signed the NIH letter.  If their name appears here, there is no need to reach out to them about this NIH letter (but still reach out about the NSF letter).

Members of Congress wishing to sign the NIH letter should contact Audrey Smith (Rep. McKinley) at audrey.smith@mail.house.gov, Erica Powell (Rep. Carson) at erica.powell@mail.house.gov, Matt Weiner (Rep. Davis) at matt.weiner@mail.house.gov, or Jamie Tricarico (Rep. King) at Jamie.Tricarico@mail.house.gov.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

(1)    Identify your Member of Congress by entering your zip code here: http://www.house.gov/.  NOTE: This is just a House activity; do not reach out to your Senators.

(2)   Check to see if your Member of Congress has already signed one or both of the letters (per the information above).  If so, no need to take action with regard to that letter.  If they have not signed on to one or both of the letters, continue to step 3.

(3)   Call or email your Representative, using the contact information on their webpage, with the following message:

I am writing/calling as a constituent and a member of the social and behavioral science community to urge the Representative to sign on to two Dear Colleague letters currently circulating in the House. 

The first bipartisan Dear Colleague, led by Representatives Butterfield and McKinley, asks the Appropriations Committee to provide the National Science Foundation with $7.724 billion in FY 2016, which the letter’s authors state, “is the minimum level of funding needed to prepare future generations to help our nation remain a world economic leader and to reflect the rising costs of research.” 

Please urge the Representative to sign the letter by this Wednesday, March 18 at 1:00 pm.  To sign or to get more information, contact Dennis Sills (Rep. Butterfield) at dennis.sills@mail.house.gov or Audrey Smith (Rep. McKinley) at Audrey.smith@mail.house.gov

The second bipartisan Dear Colleague, led by Representatives McKinley, Carson, Davis, and King, asks the Appropriations Committee to provide the National Institutes of Health with at least $32 billion in FY 2016. As the letter states,” The future success of our nation as a leader in health care depends on access to the best education, prevention, and treatments. Progress in this area can only be achieved if we continue to support state of the art research.”

I hope the Representative will also sign the NIH letter by this Friday, March 20 by contacting Audrey Smith (Rep. McKinley) at audrey.smith@mail.house.gov, Erica Powell (Rep. Carson) at erica.powell@mail.house.gov, Matt Weiner (Rep. Davis) at matt.weiner@mail.house.gov, or Jamie Tricarico (Rep. King) at Jamie.Tricarico@mail.house.gov

Thank you in advance for your support.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. 

(4)  Report back to COSSA (jmilton@cossa.org) that you have weighed in with your House Member and keeps us posted on any feedback you receive.


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