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Contact Congress and Take Action Today

Your voice makes a difference. Getting involved can be as simple as sending a letter or visiting your representatives or you might want to consider a one-year fellowship in a Congressional office or with the Department of State. Make sure that your representatives in the US House and Senate know how their decisions on key issues will impact you.

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Congressional Visits Day

If you're interested in joining a meeting in Washington, DC, participate in the U.S. Congressional Visits Day (CVD), an annual event that brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington DC to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. As a member of the planning coalition, SPIE invites your participation.

This year the event will be held virtually 19-23 July 2021.

To learn more and sign up, visit the National Photonics Initiative Congressional Visits webpage.

SPIE Members at CVD 2016
SPIE Members Anita Mahadevan-Jansen and Kim Arcand
on Congressional Visits in Washington, DC


The Endless Frontiers Act

The Endless Frontiers Act would establish a new technology directorate within the National Science Foundation (NSF) designed to strengthen US leadership in critical technologies through fundamental research in key technology areas with the goal of assisting transition to commercialization.

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Since this bill was introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, SPIE requests you write your representatives in both chambers to express your support for the bill and request that they become a cosponsor.

How to contact your Representative

How to contact your Senator

Download the letter template


Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus

About the New Caucus
The Optics & Photonics Caucus is co-chaired by Representatives Morelle (D-NY) and Mast (R-FL) and Senators Sinema (D-AZ) and Daines (R-MT). The purpose of the Caucus is to educate members of Congress and their staff regarding the importance of light-based research and technologies to the United States, as well as highlight the needs of this community.

The Virtual Launch
On 24 February 2021, the National Photonics Initiative hosted a virtual event to launch the O&P Caucus. The launch featured remarks from the four co-chairs and Administration officials and included a short Q&A session.

Request for Your Action
In support of the caucus, the National Photonics Initiative requests using the following letter template to send to your representatives in both House and Senate (excluding the co-chairs), requesting they follow up about the launch event to learn more about the Caucus and suggesting they join as a member.

Download the letter template

How to contact your Representative

How to contact your Senator

As co-leaders of the National Photonics Initiative, SPIE - the international society for optics and photonics and OSA have worked closely with Congress over the past year to establish this Caucus. We are very excited about this new voice for the optics and photonics community and look forward to your participation and support.