Contact Your Members of Congress

Are you ready to key your federal lawmakers into the value of the arts and sciences? 

Contact Your Members of Congress

Federal policies often shape state higher education discussions.  Below, are several sample emails that you can copy and paste to send to your Members of Congress. If possible, boost your impact by taking just a few minutes to make your email more personal with these tips and suggestions.

You can locate contact information for your Members of Congress here.


 Urge Support for the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities

 

Dear <Insert Representative/ Senator Last Name>:

As a constituent living in [Insert City/Town], I am writing to express my concern about proposals calling for the elimination of the  National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) and Humanities (NEH). As an integral part of a well-rounded arts and sciences education, investments in the arts and humanities foster a globally competitive workforce, strengthen civic engagement, preserve our heritage, and protect national security.

As you know, the NEA and NEH are the primary sources for arts and humanities research, teaching, preservation, and public programming in the United States. Additionally, NEA and NEH funding strengthen the cultural infrastructure of communities like ours in every state and territory across the nation. These institutions also fund important projects like arts therapy for our veterans, community renewal projects, and preservation of cultural heritage materials in the face of natural disasters. Total funding for both Endowments is less than 0.001 percent of the federal budget. Will you commit to opposing any budget that eliminates these vital institutions?

I know you will face tough decisions in the months ahead. The NEA and NEH are outstanding stewards of the relatively small amount of federal support they receive annually. That’s why I want you to know that I believe that federal investments in the NEA and NEH should remain a priority.

Thank you for your service and please add me to your newsletter list to keep me informed about your activities.

Sincerely yours,

[Insert Name

Address

City, Town, Zip]

 Express Concern about Proposed Cuts to Science

Dear <Insert Representative/ Senator Last Name>:

As a constituent living in [Insert City/Town], I am writing to express my concerns about the proposed cuts to science in the President’s FY18 request. These cuts would cripple fields of research that are essential  to America’s scientific enterprise, economic growth, and national security.

Instead, I ask Congress to increase the federal research budget across all science agencies, including the NSF and DOE Office of Science, by 4% real growth. This amount is recommended by science policy experts to reverse declines in R&D since 2004 and strengthen the economy. By rejecting the proposed cuts and strengthening the country’s scientific infrastructure, Congress can revitalize American innovation.

Please add me to your newsletter list to keep me informed about your activities.

Sincerely yours,

[Insert Name

Address

City, Town, Zip]

Urge Congress to Protect Graduate Education

Dear <Representative/Senator Last Name>:

As a constituent living in [Insert City/Town], I’m writing to urge you to oppose the repeal of Section 117(d) tuition reduction assistance, currently in the House’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate bill does not include this repeal.

Graduate students already struggle to make ends meet with modest stipends. Taxing these students on a full year’s tuition—money they never see—would seriously compromise the number of students capable of pursuing graduate school and compromise our pipeline of future scholars and leaders.

Training graduate students in a wide range of fields is an investment in the future of our nation. Even as they bring immediate benefits to their institutions through teaching and research, graduate students are training to contribute to society for decades to come. Their graduate training gives them the tools to grapple with our biggest challenges and generate new ideas that improve our quality of life. Graduate students will serve as the next generation of scholars and experts in fields as diverse as defense, diplomacy, public health, and technology.

I hope that you recognize the important role of higher education as part of our nation’s efforts to revive the economy and get more Americans back to work.

Sincerely yours,

[Insert Name

Address

City, Town, Zip]

Tips and Suggestions to Make Your Call More Personal

  • Keep your message as short, simple, and specific as possible. If you can, reference pending legislation in your state or specific budget line items.
  • Tell a brief personal anecdote when possible to tie your message back home for your legislator.
  • Ask for a response by indicating you would appreciate a reply on the issue.
  • Follow up when appropriate by thanking your legislator when you agree with their votes or informing them when you disagree.

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