Contacting your elected representatives is easier than you might think. You can call and talk to a staffer or fill out a contact form using their website. You can find your Representative’s contact info here. You can find your Senators’ contact info here.
You should feel free to write or say whatever you like, but here’s an example to get you started:Dear [NAME OF MEMBER]:
I am writing to ask Congress to STOP CUTS TO FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH, and reverse the damaging cuts enacted since 2010. I urge you to read the Stand With Science letter to congress at standwithscience.org/theletter/. I write you because I believe that strong support for research is necessary for our nation’s prosperity. Not only does federally funded research spur medical breakthroughs and technological advances, it also trains America’s graduate students for a lifetime of innovation. Indeed, 60% of science and engineering research at American universities is federally funded. Today, Congress is focused averting the fiscal cliff and securing our country’s future prosperity. Cuts to research funding will hinder our innovation and our global competitiveness, undercutting that prosperous tomorrow for which we all strive.
Thank you very much.
A few tips to make your letter (or phone call) more impactful:
- Tell them what you want right at the start. Staffers are very busy people, so it’s important to get right to the point.
- You can point out how many people signed the letter from their state (if you’re writing to your Senators) or district (if you’re writing to your Representative). You can find the information on how many people from your state and district signed the letter here: https://standwithscience.org/the-tally/. Elected officials care first and foremost about what their constituents think, so the number of signatures from the district/state really matters.
- If you can, make it personal. Staffers often appreciate hearing anecdotes – they see thousands of line items on a budget, but your story about how federal funding affected you puts a human story on the dollar figure.
- If they ask you questions or want to follow up on something you don’t know off the top of your head, feel free to say “I don’t know, but I’ll get back to you.” Surrounded by politics all day, they appreciate an accurate, straight answer. Get in touch with us and we can help out with whatever you/they want to know.
If you want to do more, like visit your Representative’s local office, write an op-ed for the local paper, or any of a million other things, contact us and we’ll be happy to help. Many options are surprisingly easy to do!