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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 U.S. House and Senate know how their decisions on key issues will impact you.

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Send a Letter

Your Representatives want to hear from the science and technology community. Let them know how proposed legislation and funding will impact you, your organization or your state. Personalize our sample postion supporting Long-term R&D funding or write your own.

Visit your Representatives

Your voice makes a difference. SPIE encourages you to visit your representatives in their home and national offices. For those of you interested in leading a meeting with your Member of Congress, SPIE offers two options. To set up a meeting in your local office, download our "Local Lobbying Guide" and follow the steps for getting in touch with your represenattive.

If you're interested in joining a meeting in Washington, DC, we encourage you to 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. Please contact us at policy@spie.org if you are interested in participating.

SPIE volunteers made more than 30 visits to Congressional offices in Washington, DC during the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group (SETWG) Congressional Visits Day. In particular, SPIE team members stressed the importance of photonics in a high-tech economy, long-term funding for science and technology R&D, strong math and science education, and the easing of barriers to U.S. science and technology leadership, such as restrictive trade and visa regulations.

CVD 2012 Press Release

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