Congress plays a critical role in shaping
the American research portfolio by prescribing funding levels for research
programs and, often, by directing policy. New scientific instruments, research
grants, graduate fellowships, and scientific centers and institutes are created
and funded by Congress each year.
Advocacy matters. And everyone has the right to advocate. Members of Congress
need to hear about your priorities and concerns if they are to address them.
Meeting with your Members of Congress or writing a letter to them can bring
plant biology issues to the forefront and can begin a relationship between you
and your elected officials. Advocacy should be done on a regular basis—the key
is to follow up. Doing so will allow science to play a more prominent role in
the decision-making process in Congress and may result in increased funding for
scientific research, improved regulations, and the implementation of other
policies that benefit plant biology.
Below is a suite of tools that can help you in your advocacy efforts. If you
please contact ASPB’s Public Affairs office at PublicAffairs@aspb.org.
Meeting with Your Members of Congress
House of Representatives Home Page has information on the Congress
For contact information updated by Congressional staff
Senate Home Page has information on the Senate
For contact information updated by Senate staff
Zip Code matching: enter a zip code at the TOP of the page and the name of your Congressperson will appear. Clicking on the name of the Congressperson will bring up ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, which includes contact information
THOMAS provides one-stop Congressional information including text of the Congressional Record and pending legislation.
Tips on Accessing the Media and Congress