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Federal Appropriations Action Alert
Ask Your Senators to Support Funding for Environmental Education at TODAY!
Please help to secure critical Senate support for programs at EPA that are funded under the National Environmental Education Act.
Contact your Senators this week and ask that they sign on to this appropriations letter in support of EE.
Background: Senate Appropriations Support Letters
Each year, members of Congress submit letters to the Appropriations Committees in each chamber asking that funding for programs important to his or her constituents be included in the budget. Appropriators look at how many of their colleagues signed on to each letter and allocate funds based in part on the level of support for any given program. Senator Gillibrand's office is currently circulating a letter in support of funding for the programs authorized by the National Environmental Education Act. The deadline for Senators to sign on to this letter is April 17th.
It’s especially valuable to engage members of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Sub-committee if they are your Senators. Even if they don’t end up signing the letters (some have a policy against signing any of these letters), they still need to hear from you! Also, sharing your support for these budget items with legislators who might not want to put their name on these letters is still important...as at least they might not vote against them!
It's also critical that if you or your organization have ever received a grant from one of the federal programs or was helped by federal capacity-building funding, that you emphasize the program has directly benefited you, your organization, and the district/state.
Dear Colleague Letter (PDF)
What's Ahead: Climate Education Act Introduction
The Climate Change Education Act of 2018 (tentative name, bill numbers to follow) is a reintroduction from the last few Congresses of a proposed new law that would set up a dedicated funding stream at NOAA for high-quality climate education across the country. In anticipation of introduction on Earth Day, April 22nd, we're seeking co-sponsors of the legislation in both the House and Senate.
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Research the legislators' past voting record and issues (via Google Drive) they have supported in the past.
*Note the tab at the bottom of this document to switch between Senate and House lists.
Advocacy Resources List (PDF)
Who's on the Appropriations Committee?
Tips for Contacting Your Legislator
- Connect with your state environmental education association to join their group effort to contact your US Representatives.
- Make your initial contact by phone and then follow up with a combination of phone and email.
- Call the main Washington D.C. phone number from that same list of legislators linked above.
- An important detail is that you REALLY need to get past the person answering the phone by asking to speak with or email the staff person working on appropriations issues, or environment or education areas. The person who deals with education issues may be different from the environment person, especially in the offices of Senators. It’s fine to take the advice of the person answering the phone about with whom to be in touch.
- You will most likely be connected with a voicemail or given an email address to send the various materials. If instructed to fill out a general web form, ask if you can have a direct email instead. You might also be asked to fill in an appropriations request form. This is a good way to submit your request, and you should do so if you are given the opportunity. (Use information from the briefing materials to bolster your case).
- Whether you leave a message, send an email, or fill in a web form that’s specifically for appropriations, call back the person you have the name of in 2-3 days to make sure they got the information and whether they have any questions.
- Need more detailed information? Click here for resources, including lists of past grants from the various programs. (Word doc download)
- These “organization support letters” can be useful to show the broader support for these programs. Linked here are last year's letters for your consideration. This year's letters will be nearly identical and we will circulate them ASAP:
- Need more background training? (Toolkit coming soon!)
- Have questions? Send an email to:
- Please send Brock (firstname.lastname@example.org) information about all of the contacts you make so we can track whom we have left to reach.