Call to Action

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. 887 

Supporting the designation of May as “National Lyme disease Awareness Month”

Rep. John Faso

Introduced May 10, 2018

Supports the designation of National Lyme Disease Awareness Month to increase public knowledge of the disease, raise awareness about the prevention of tick bites, and advance the vision of finding a cure through critical research.” 

H.R. 2809

American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act

Rep. Lamar Smith

Passed House on April 24, 2018, goes to Senate next for consideration.

“[Enhances] the existing outer space authorization and supervision framework to provide greater transparency, greater efficiency, and less administrative burden for nongovernmental entities of the United States seeking to conduct space activities and [ensures] that the United States remains the world leader in commercial space activities.”

H.R. 5353

Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases Act of 2018

Rep. Leonard Lance

House Committee order a report for consideration by the whole chamber on May 9, 2018. 

To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize and expand a program of surveillance and education, carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regarding infections associated with injection drug use.” 

*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.

Federal Government:

Senator John Isakson: (202) 224-3643
Senator David Perdue: (202) 224-3521
Representative Jody Hice: (202) 225-4101

State Government:

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!




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