Looking for a way to make your voice heard in the government? We’ve put together resources to make calling your congressperson easy as 1, 2, 3.
Step 1: Pick a Bill
Here is a list of bills that SPEAR is currently watching!
|Bill Number*||Bill Name||Sponsored by||Scheduled for||Description|
|H.R. 1||Tax Cuts and Jobs Act||Rep. Kevin Brady||House – 11/16/2017 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. In Senate Review||“This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to reduce tax rates and modify policies, credits, and deductions for individuals and businesses. (#GradStudentTax bill)|
|H.R. 589||Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act||Rep. Lamar Smith||Senate – 01/30/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.||“H.R. 589 combines seven previously passed science bills to provide policy direction to the Department of Energy on basic science res|
|H.R. 861||To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency||Rep. Matt Gaetz||House – 04/25/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment||The bill contains the single sentence: “The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”|
|H.R. 1431||EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017||Rep. Frank Lucas||03/30/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works||“To amend the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific Advisory Board member qualifications, public participation, and for other purposes.”|
*H.R. designates a House bill; S. designates a Senate bill
Step 2: Dial the phone number
Check out these links to find contact information for your legislators.
Senator John Isakson: (202) 224-3643
Senator David Perdue: (202) 224-3521
Representative Jody Hice: (202) 225-4101
Step 3: Voice your opinion
Want a script for your phone call? Feel free to use ours!
“Hi, I’m a resident of (your city name) and I’m calling to ask (Congress person’s name) to (oppose/support bill name).”
Example: “Hi, I’m a resident of Athens, and I’m calling to ask Representative Hice to oppose H.R. 861.”
If you want to add a personal story or anything else you can, otherwise just thank the person and hang up! The call doesn’t have to be long, the point is to have your opinion tallied! If you get an answering machine, leave your name and address along with the message.
We will update this list every Monday with any proposed legislation related to science. Check in with us on Twitter with the hashtag #SPEARcall after you’ve made your call!