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LETTERS TO POLICYMAKERS – ARCHIVE

Letters to policymakers

AGU often writes, or is a co-signatory to, letters to policymakers that explain the importance of Earth and space science and highlight issues with policy, funding, and other federal decision-making that could impact science and society.

Below is an archive of our past letters categorized by date, receiving agency or office, and topic.

Read our position statements on specific scientific topics, and letters sent during the current year.

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2017 - 2019 LETTERS

Title

Date Sent

Recipient

Topic

Notes

Joint Letter Urging DOE to Retain its DOE Office of Science Federal Advisory Committees 25 July 2019  DOE Science Advisory Committees
Signed by Energy Sciences Coalition 
Joint Letter Urging Congress to Protect Graduate Student Loan Options  15 July 2019  Congress Student Loans
Signed with 30 organizations
AGU Letter Expressing Concern Over Changes in Federal Advisory Boards  15 July 2019  Congress Federal Advisory Committees
 
Joint Letter Urging the Senate Provide $10M for Microbiome Research Initiatives in FY20 
10 July 2019  Congress Federal funding Signed with 17 organizations
Joint Letter Supporting the Securing American Science and Technology Act of 2019 
27 June 2019  Congress Legislation
Signed with 96 organizations
Joint Comment on the FCC NPRM regarding the GOES Spectrum Band 
20 June 2019  FCC Spectrum Allocation
Signed with American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association
Joint Letter Urging Congress to Reach a Bipartisan Budget Agreement 
13 June 2019  Congress Federal funding
Signed with Task Force on American Innovation 
Joint Letter Urging Congress to Reach a Bipartisan Budget Agreement 
17 May 2019  Congress Federal funding
Signed with various coalitions 
Joint Letter Urging $22.575B for NASA for FY20 
10 May 2019  Congress Federal funding
Signed with 50 organizations
AGU Letter Endorsing the Space Weather Research & Forecasting Act  7 May 2019  Congress Legislation
 
AGU Letter Endorsing The American Innovation Act 
30 April 2019  Congress Legislation
 
Joint Letter to Director Reilly Underscoring the Value of Scientific Meetings 
18 April 2019  USGS Scientific Meetings
Signed with 11 organizations
AGU Letter Endorsing The Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Metal Act 
16 April 2019  Congress Diversity in Science  
Joint Letter Urging Congress to Reach a Bipartisan Budget Agreement 
11 April 2019  Congress Federal funding
Signed with 54 organizations
Joint Letter Urging $909M for NIEHS for FY20 
20 March 2019  Congress Federal funding
Signed with 29 organizations
Joint Letter Urging $1.2B for USGS for FY20 
15 March 2019  Congress Federal funding
Signed by USGS coalition
Joint Letter Urging $9B for NSF for FY20 
14 March 2019  Congress Federal funding
Signed by Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)
Joint Letter Urging $400M for ARPA-E for FY20 
13 March 2019  Congress Federal funding
Signed with 88 organizations 
Joint Letter Urging $7B For DOE Office of Science for FY20 
11 March 2019  Congress Federal funding
Signed by Energy Sciences Coalition 
Joint Letter Urging $84M for NIEHS’s Superfund Program (SRP) for FY20  11 March 2019  Congress Federal funding Signed with 26 organizations
Joint Letter Thanking Appropriators for Robust FY20 Funding for NSF  25 February 2019  Congress Federal funding Signed by Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)
AGU Letter Urging Congress to End the Government Shutdown 24 January 2019  Congress Government Shutdown/Science funding
 
Joint Letter Urging Congress to Re-open the Government  23 January 2019  Congress Government Shutdown/Science funding Signed by Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)
AGU Policy Priorities for 2019 1 January 2019      
FoNOAA Conference Letter Regarding NOAA Research Funding in FY2019 Appropriations 28 November 2018 Congress Federal funding Signed with Consortium for Ocean Leadership and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Joint Letter Supporting the Nomination of an OSTP Director 19 September 2018 Congress Scientific advisor Signed with 39 organizations
AGU Letter Endorsing the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2018 7 September 2018 Congress Sexual harassment in science  
AGU Comment on OSTP Oceans Decadal Vision 27 August 2018 Office of Science and Technology Policy Ocean sciences  
AGU Comment on EPA's Proposed Restricted Science Policy 16 August 2018 EPA Scientific integrity  
Joint Comment on EPA's Proposed Restricted Science Policy 16 August 2018 EPA  Scientific integrity Signed with six organizations
Joint Letter Urging FCC to Consider Negative impacts of Spectrum Proceedings 18 July 2018 FCC Data Signed with 26 organizations
AGU Letter Regarding DOE Research Funding in FY2019 Appropriations Conference 18 July 2018 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Regarding DOE Office of Science Funding in FY2019 Appropriations Bill 16 July 2018 Congress Federal funding Signed with 92 organizations and academic institutions
AGU Letter Endorsing the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Bill 12 July 2018 Congress Diversity in science  
Joint Letter Thanking Appropriators for Robust Science Funding in FY2019 9 July 2018 Congress Federal funding Signed with 56 organizations
Joint Letter Thanking Senate Appropriators for Support of NSF in FY019 22 June 2018 Congress Federal funding Signed with more than 100 organizations
 Joint Letter Urging the FCC to Consider Effect of Sharing Spectrum on Weather Enterprise 31 May 2018 FCC Data  Signed with American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association
 AGU Letter Thanking Senate Appropriators for Strong Support for DOE Office of Science and ARPA-E 30 May 2018 Congress Federal funding  
 Joint Letter on Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Proposed Rule 24 May 2018 Department of State Immigration and scientific collaboration Signed with 56 scientific organizations
 Joint Letter Thanking House Appropriators for NSF Support in FY2019 23 May 2018 Congress Federal funding  
 Joint Letter Regarding Funding for STEM Education 21 May 2018 Congress STEM education; federal funding  
 Joint Letter Urging Senate to Pass DOE Research and Innovation Act 15 May 2018 Congress Legislation  
 AGU Letter Urging Appropriators to Sustain Funding Growth in FY2019 7 May 2018 Congress Federal funding  
 AGU Urgers EPA to Extend Public Comment Period on Secret Science Proposal 30 April 2018 EPA Scientific integrity  
 AGU Reaffirms Endorsement of Space Weather Research & Forecasting Act 25 April 2018 Congress Legislation  
 AGU Letter Regarding EPA's Proposed Rule about Secret Science 23 April 2018 EPA Scientific integrity  
Joint Letter Thanking Congress for FY2018 Omnibus Appropriation for ARPA-E 16 April 2018 Congress Federal funding  
 Joint Letter Urging $21.7 Billion for NASA in FY2019 13 April 2018  Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Thanking Appropriators for FY2018 Omnibus and Urging $8.5 Billion for NSF in FY2019 12 April 2018 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Thanking Appropriators for Increasing ARPA-E Funding 10 April 2018 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Thanking Congress for FY2018 Omnibus Appropriation for DOE Office of Science 30 March 2018 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Thanking Appropriators for Increasing Funding for DOE Office of Science  30 March 2018 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Urging Appropriators to Fund NOAA at $6.1 Billion for FY2018 2 March 2018 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Urging Congress to Provide Robust Funding for Science 26 February 2018 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Urging Congress to Provide $8 Billion in Funding for NSF 21 February 2018 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Urging Appropriators to Fund DOE Office of Science at $5.7 Billion for FY2018 16 February 2018 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Urging Congress to Raise 302(b) Allocations in Favor of Science 15 February 2018 Congress Federal funding  Signed with 25 scientific organizations
AGU Letter Thanking Representatives Langevin & Stefanik for asking Trump to include Climate Change in US National 29 January 2018 Congress Climate change  
 Joint Letter Urging Strong Funding for NOAA in FY18 22 December 2017 Congress Federal funding  
AGU Letter on Appropriations and Budget Negotiations for FY18  8 December 2017 Congress Federal funding  
AGU Letter on EPA Science Advisory Panels and Grants 7 December 2017 Congress EPA  
AGU Letter Endorsing National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2017 4 December 2017  Congress Legislation  
Joint Letter on Tax Reform 7 November 2017 Congress Legislation Signed by 45 scientific organizations
Joint Letter to Office of Management and Budget Regarding President's FY19 Budget 27 October 2017 Office of Management and Budget Federal funding  
Joint Immigration Letter 17 October 2017 President Trump Immigration and scientific collaboration Signed by 71 scientific organizations and academic institutions
Joint Letter of Support of Bipartisan Congressional Efforts to Advance ARPA-E 10 October 2017 Congress Federal funding  
AGU Letter to DOE Regarding Workforce Cuts 15 September 2017 DOE Federal workforce  
Joint Letter Urging Robust Funding for NSF in FY18 5 September 2017 Congress Federal funding  
AGU Letter to Congress Regarding FY18 Budget and Appropriations 25 August 2017 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Regarding EPA Climate Science Processes 31 July 2017 EPA Climate change Signed with 15 scientific organizations
AGU Endorses House Space Weather Research & Forecasting Act 26 July 2017 Congress Legislation  
Joint Letter Urging Congress to Pass a Bipartisan Budget Agreement 18 July 2017 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter Urging Appropriators to Protect NDD Programs from Further Cuts 13 July 2017 Congress Federal funding
Joint Letter to FCC on Spectrum Interference Issues  27 June 2017 FCC Data Signed with 21 scientific organizations and companies
Joint Letter to the President on the Importance of Scientific Advisory Boards  27 June 2017 President Trump Scientific integrity  
Joint Letter Supporting USGS Library  16 June 2017 Congress Federal funding Signed with 21 scientific organizations
Joint Letter Urging the President to Appoint a Qualified Science Advisor 25 May 2017 President Trump Scientific advisor Signed with 58 organizations
 Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritze Investments in Science 24 May 2017 Congress Federal funding Signed with 150 scientific and education organizations
Joint Letter to Appropriators Regarding FY18 NOAA Funding 19 May 2017 Congress Federal funding  
AGU Letter to Appropriators Regarding FY18 Funding 19 May 2017 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Comment on New Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants 18 May 2017 Department of State Immigration and scientific collaboration Signed by 55 scientific organizations
AGU Letter Endorsing the National Landslide Preparedness Act 18 April 2017 Congress Legislation  
Joint Letter to FCC on 1675-1680 MHz Spectrum Allocation 10 April 2017 FCC Data Signed with the American Meteorological Society and University of Wisconsin - Madison
Multisociety Letter Urging Robust Funding for Scientific Research 6 April 2017 Congress Federal funding Signed by more than 100 organizations
Joint Letter to Appropriators Urging Strong Funding for NSF 3 April 2017 Congress Federal funding  
Joint Letter to Appropriators Urging Strong Funding for NASA 30 March 2017 Congress Federal funding  
Multisociety Letter on the Honest Act 28 March 2017 Congress Legislation Signed by 23 scientific and education organizations
Joint Geoscience Priorities Transition Document 15 March 2017 President Trump and Congress Legislation Signed by nine scientific organizations
AGU Letter on the HONEST Act and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act 8 March 2017 Congress Legislation  
Joint Letter Urging Protection of NDD Program Funding 1 March 2017 Congress Federal funding  
 AGU Petition Urging President to Appoint a Qualified Science Advisor 24 February 2017 President Trump Science advisor  
Joint Letter Regarding Executive Order on Immigration 10 February 2017 President Trump Immigration and scientific collaboration Signed by more than 100 scientific and education organizations
AGU Letter to Federal Agencies Urging Protection of Scientific Integrity 26 January 2017 Federal science agencies Scientific integrity  

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