Help Protect Science in the Budget By Telling Your Story
The federal budget process is a critical moment when anti-science politicians can sneak in proposals that gut science-based safeguards or cut down critical federal scientific programs that uphold public protections. For scientists or technical experts, this is the most opportune time for you to educate your senators on just why it's so pivotal to keep science-based programs funded and oppose attempts to sneak in policies that attack science's ability to inform decision-making.
Three ways you can help
- Join other Science Network members throughout the country to write a personalized letter that spotlights the local impacts of your state to call on your legislators to protect science in the federal budget. (See our handout with letter writing tips, a template, sample talking points for you to build on with examples of local impacts to your state or field of research.)
- Want to have a greater impact? Deliver your letter in person at a local office via an in-district meeting—our how-to guide for visiting a nearby office will make it easy. And, if you have questions or want further guidance, email us and we’ll personally follow up.
- Want to get involved, but not a fan of writing? Call the local office of your senators and talk to them about protecting science in the budget.
Read about threats to science in the federal budget on our blog:
- 4 Ways to Discuss Congressional Budget Riders at the Dinner Table this Thanksgiving
- How President Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts Would Harm Early Career Scientists